Coronavirus updates for schools and education

Information and advice on free school meals, adult learning, school closures and education support for key worker parents.


Newham Council has been in constant talks with teachers and school governing bodies about the proposed reopening of primary schools on 1 June.

Schools have been working hard during lockdown to support children of key workers and the most vulnerable, or providing learning for those at home.

Newham’s commitment is that no school will be forced to reopen until risk assessments are conducted and each school is safe for children and staff to return to class. 

Free school meals

We are working with schools to ensure that pupils entitled to free school meals receive support.

For those not attending school, schools can offer vouchers to parents so they can purchase food. 

The Department for Education guidance is that schools are expected to continue to provide support to those pupils entitled to free school meals. This does not include universal infant free school meals or Eat for Free for children in key stage two. 

There may be families who are not entitled to free school meals but will require support due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Local Charities have set up a local network of support (Further information can be found on each charity website; and and Newham Council will support the most vulnerable residents via #HelpNewham

Adult learning

All adult learning centres are closed. Some remote lessons are taking place.

Check lesson updates at the Newham Adult Learning Service.