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Online Only Teaching On the Table

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The Department for Education has indicated it will soon release plans for when universities in England must stop in-person teaching to allow students to travel home for Christmas.

In an attempt to minimise the risk of coronavirus spreading, students are expected to be told to remain on campus, with teaching being delivered online in the run-up to the end of term.

However, the University and College Union has already described the plans as unworkable.

Commenting on the proposal, a spokesman for the Department for Education said: "All students will be able to go home at Christmas if they so choose."

"However, if students are travelling home, we must ensure they do so in a way which minimises the risks of spreading the virus, and the date when universities must stop in-person teaching will be an important part of this."

"We will set out details on this shortly."

It is believed that more than 50 universities have confirmed coronavirus cases this term, with thousands of students forced to self-isolate as a result.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson indicated last month that universities could move to online-only teaching before the end of term to ensure that students in areas with outbreaks would have time to isolate being going home for Christmas.

However, Jo Grady, the general secretary of the University and College Union, criticised the idea, suggested it would 'impossible to delivery or oversee'.