The Department of Education, Sport and Culture operates the Island’s 37 schools – 32 primaries and 5 secondaries – and the University College Isle of Man (UCM), which offers professional, exam/degree and recreational courses for adults.
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School Closures - UPDATE
Attendance at school will be on a voluntary basis until the new school year in September.
Schools remain committed to providing resources to promote and support home learning until the end of the 2019/2020 academic year on Friday 24th July 2020.
As a result of school closures all external exams were cancelled by examination boards both operating regionally and internationally. The following public guidance provides details on how exams have been affected as part of the school closures:
See: COVID-19: Cancellation of Key Stage 4 and 5 External Examinations Summer 2020
Currently, a system is in place to provide meals/vouchers for children who are eligible for Free School Meals and packed lunches for those in hubs. DESC is absorbing the additional cost of the vouchers and the packed lunches.
It works with other Government Departments and agencies to deliver services for children, including safeguarding and needs-based assistance.
It runs the Youth Service, which offers play and youth clubs and special projects, Adventure Education at two outdoor learning centres and Café Laare.
It runs Manx Sport and Recreation and the NSC, the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre, arts development and the Youth Arts Centre and is the sponsoring Department for the semi-autonomous bodies Isle of Man Sport and the Isle of Man Arts Council.