Monday 15 June 2020
A current state of play with schools in the UK. Things do seem to be a bit of a mess at first inspection but there is progress being made.
Many primary school children in England have returned to school, but not all year groups and not full time. The government has rowed back on its aim to have all primary aged children return for some school time over the summer term.
From today, some Year 10 and 12 pupils in England are returning to school – as with the primary children it will not be a full curriculum but to allow key year groups to have some teacher time.
Most councils have now reopened their admissions processes.
At the moment the expectation is that schools will fully return in September – though that will depend on progress with CV-19 over the coming weeks.
Most independent schools – benefiting as they do from smaller class sizes – are expecting a full return in September.
In Scotland, the intention is for all children to return to school at the start of the new year in August.
In Wales, schools are looking to reopen for all age groups – again with a staggered timetable – from 29th June.
In Northern Ireland, schools are looking for a phased return from late August onwards.
As ever, it is a constantly moving picture but I’ll keep you updated with developments.