When will UK schools reopen, and in what order? – The Sun

PRIMARY school pupils could be back in full-time education as soon as June in areas seeing better results against coronavirus.

Under Whitehall plans, students aged between four and 11 are set to return to class first, followed by Year 10 and 12 pupils, who will return to secondaries during a staggered recall.

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When will schools reopen in the UK?

Boris Johnson is to reveal his 'road map' out of lockdown – and he's expected to address when schools will return.

Sources confirm that it is at the centre of Government planning but one stressed: “It’s still some way off. "It’s far too early to put a date on it.

“Schools will be out for a little longer yet but they’re definitely a top priority.”

No date has been confirmed for schools to reopen as Education Secretary Gavin Williamson previously refused to provide clarity on the matter.

But he did say that he is considering kids of all ages returning on a rota basis so they can catch up on classes they missed out on during Covid-19 lockdown.

Schools have been closed since March 18 – three days before Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown.

A source said: "Ministers are determined to give every child the chance to get back into the classroom in some form before schools break up for summer."

Mr Williamson said he is "giving a lot of consideration" to reopening schools in stages and has requested assistance from the nation's top scientific group, Sage, to plot how to get children back to school safely.

He told MPs: "When we bring schools back – and I think everyone wants to see schools returning – they will be returned in a phased manner. "

He told the Education Select Committee that the date that schools reopen could depend on the advice he gets from Sage, but stressed that schools would get "as much notice as possible".

"All schools returning on day one with a full complement of pupils will not be realistic," he told MPs.

He made it clear that children and teachers would not be working through their six week summer holiday.

Teachers are due holidays and many have carried on working for vulnerable and key worker children or preparing home-school lessons.

Primary Schools

Schools for younger children are expected to return sooner than those in secondary school due to them needing their parents to remain at home to look after them.

The Government is concerned that the continued lockdown will have huge economic implications.

As a result, officials are eager for adults to return to work as soon as possible.

However, 11-year-olds moving from primary school could be a priority in the phased return.

Little ones in reception and early years could be the last to return in this potentially phased re-opening.

Secondary Schools

GCSE and A-level students could be heading back to classrooms sooner than other years.

There is still no current return date, but Mr Williamson stressed he will give schools as much notice as possible.

Teachers are conducting distance learning with pupils and a lot of online tutoring companies have been offering free assistance.


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What is going on with exams?

Exams have been cancelled, leaving hard-working teenagers in a difficult, stressful and frustrating place around their futures.

The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer. Exam boards will not be issuing any papers or tests at all.

The government is using a mix of student performance criteria that include teacher assessments, mock exam grades and overviews of a pupil's general work.

According to the government website, all students who were due to sit an A level, AS level or GCSE exams this summer will receive a calculated grade based on mock exams results and non-exam assessments.

The Department for Education has stressed that students will not be issued predicted grades as this would not be fair.

The calculated grades will be "formal grades", however, and will be given the same status as grades awarded in any other year, so will be accepted by colleges and universities.

For more information visit the government website here.

The government guidelines say: "The calculated grades awarded will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year."

University representatives expect universities to be flexible and do all they can to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education.

There is a lot of worry over how that will play out in practice, particularly for underprivileged students or kids who just didn't take the mock exams as seriously as the real deal.

5 key principles to bear in mind

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they must be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents must also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They must observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If a student does not believe the correct process has been followed in their case they will be able to appeal on that basis.

In addition, if they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again.

Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.

What homeschooling resources are available?

There are plenty of online learning platforms for homeschooled children, with YouTube videos being popular.

The BBC has also released Bitesize Daily.

  • Maths: Khan Academy
  • Science: ASAP Science
  • History: BBC Bitesize, CrashCourse History
  • French: Learn French with Alexa
  • English: Mr Bruff Revision Guides
  • Geography: Bitesize

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