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Return to English secondary schools and universities to be delayed

Most school pupils to get extended holiday and most university students will not go back before 18 January

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Millions of university, college and secondary school students in England will face delays in returning to in-person classes in the new year, with some undergraduates not returning until February, the government is to announce.

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, is due to give a statement to parliament on Wednesday afternoon confirming plans including a sharp reduction in the numbers of university students eligible to return to campus in the first weeks of January, and more rigorous testing requirements.

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