Dear members

Yesterday, the DfE issued Q&A guidance on boarding for Y6 pupils in England from June 1, following extensive communication and lobbying by BSA with the government, direct conversations with schools’ minister Baroness Berridge, welcome support from ISC and Andrew Lewer MP and questions raised by Lord Lucas and Lord Lexden.

Please click here to read the DfE Boarding Q&A. Highlights from this include:


  • Sharing kitchens, bathrooms and sleeping spaces are important considerations.
  • Decide whether the whole setting should be treated as a single household or as multiple households.
  • Where residential provision is spread across several, separate buildings, the school may wish to treat these as different households.


  • A facemask should be worn if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained from someone with symptoms.
  • If contact is necessary, then gloves, an apron and a facemask should be worn.
  • If a risk assessment determines that there is a risk of fluids entering the eye from, for example, coughing, spitting or vomiting, then eye protection should also be worn.

The guidance did not specifically answer the key question on whether member schools could quarantine returning international students, although we continue to press for clarity on this. The Q&A does say this however: “Once international travel resumes, international boarders should follow the rules on self-isolation for international travellers that are in force at the time they arrive.”

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