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Helping children back to school

It’s been a challenging year for children and young people which is why it’s so important that we do what we can to help support their mental health and wellbeing as they return to the classroom. On this page we have provided a range of useful resources for parents, carers, teachers, children and young people. Some of these include links to the latest government guidance, tips on how to get back into a routine, important information on potential changes to the school setting and advice on dealing with anxiety.

From 8 March all children and students should return to school or college and attendance will be mandatory. Secondary school pupils may be admitted on a phased basis, to enable all pupils to be offered COVID-19 lateral flow tests

Existing protective measures in schools, colleges and universities have been strengthened with adults and students in year 7 and above advised to wear face coverings in all indoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained, including classrooms as an extra temporary precaution.

Pupils not undergoing testing should attend school in line with the school’s phased return arrangements. If you are a parent of a child who is vulnerable or if you are a critical worker, your child should continue to be able to attend school throughout, unless they receive a positive test result.

We know some parents will be feeling anxious about their children returning to school or college. If you have concerns about your child attending, you should discuss these with your school or college. 

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