Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that a phased return to school for younger pupils will start from Monday.

This will include children aged four to seven and secondary school pupils required to carry out practical assignments.

Scotland’s first minister also warned that schools’ return would not mark the start of a broader easing of restrictions, telling MSPs that the core stay-at-home requirement would remain in place until at least the beginning of March, and possibly beyond that.

In England, Boris Johnson is expected set out a roadmap also on Monday for easing lockdown there – including the date schools can start to reopen.

Primary schools in Wales are to start a phased reopening from next Monday, and in Northern Ireland schools will remain closed to most pupils until at least 8 March.



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