It is the Government’s intention that all children and young people, in all year groups return to school and college full time form the beginning of the autumn term.

Schools and colleges have been carefully planning to put in place a range of protective measures, to ensure children and young people have a positive experience when they return to school.

The return to school this year will be a little different to normal so the information we have provided gives lots of advice and tips on how to prepare yourself and your child for their return to school.

All of the latest advice and guidance in relation to education and childcare can be found on the GOV.UK website.

For parents/carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) you may find it useful to read the information available on the Family Information Service (FIS) Directory webpages.

Face coverings in schools

The Government has revised rules around face coverings for staff and children in year 7 or above in education settings in England. The Government is not recommending face coverings are necessary, because of the systems and controls that schools have in place to mitigate risk. However, schools will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas if they believe that is right in their particular circumstances.

This updated advice reflects the latest advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The Government has confirmed that, in order to be consistent with WHO’s advice, if the rate of transmission increases across the whole country it may be necessary to apply stricter guidance on face coverings in schools nationally.

Updated guidance on face coverings in education settings will come into effect from 1 September. These new rules apply to secondary schools, further education colleges and will be reflected in the guidance to universities.

Not forgetting, some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings, and those exemptions will apply in education settings.