The DfE have announced this afternoon:
“Students in exam year groups, vulnerable children and children of critical workers will all attend school or college in person from the start of term, as will all students in primary, special and alternative provision schools and colleges.
Vocational exams scheduled for the week of 4 January will go ahead as planned.
Secondary schools and colleges will operate a staggered return, offering all non-exam year groups full-time remote education, as close as possible to that which students would get in class, during the first week of term, with face-to-face education for all starting on 11 January.”
Full document is here. We will clarify what that means for middle schools with the DfE.