Faculties and faculties ought to shut on Monday September 19 for the Queen’s funeral which shall be a financial institution vacation, the authorities introduced this night.
King Charles III authorized an order for the funeral to be a financial institution vacation in the present day at St James’s Palace in London as he was formally declared head of state.
In an electronic mail to colleges and faculties, the Division for Training mentioned: “The official date of the State Funeral is nineteen September 2022.
“At the present time shall be a financial institution vacation and settings which are usually closed on a financial institution vacation ought to shut on this present day as a mark of respect. It will embody colleges and faculties.”
The DfE added that for colleges and additional training settings regular attendance is predicted all through the nationwide mourning interval, aside from the financial institution vacation. The financial institution vacation will mark the tip of the mourning interval.
However training leaders “proceed to have the facility to authorise leaves of absence for pupils in distinctive circumstances”. Any requests for depart of absence must be “thought of on a case-by-case foundation, making an allowance for particular person circumstances”.
The DfE additionally confirmed that Ofsted inspections will proceed as regular by the mourning interval, however no inspections shall be scheduled on the financial institution vacation.
Faculties ought to “focus on any considerations with Ofsted, together with whether or not they’re dealing with distinctive circumstances which may warrant deferral of their inspection”.
Ofsted did nonetheless inform Faculties Week yesterday that it’s going to pause publishing experiences in the course of the mourning interval.