Am I going back to school? Schools advice for students in lockdown

Students who have heard the news about plans to go back to school can get their FAQs answered here.

In March it felt like our lives changed pretty much overnight when schools were closed. You might have been doing some online classes and learning so far or you might have been keeping busy in other ways. Either way, well done – the past few weeks have been a real test for lots of us.

I thought school was over for this school year?

You might have heard on the news about plans to go back to school. At present there is no agreed date on when schools will be reopened. There is a hope that schools might reopen by the end of this term, but a lot of things need to happen before that can be agreed. Headteachers have been saying that the earliest they would be able to reopen would be early June, and if that was to happen they would need to know now.

Nothing has been agreed yet and if Coronavirus infections start to rise again it might be that schools don’t open again this year.

What will happen if school starts back up?

If schools are able to open there will be lots of planning put in place, but they won’t be able to get everything ready overnight. It is likely that there will be a staggered approach with different year groups or groups of young people being invited back first, perhaps on a part-time basis.

What about exams?

GCSE, A level and Technical qualification exams have been cancelled and the grades are currently being worked out. You can find out more here. These exams will not be happening this summer. It is worth keeping your notes and revision guides as there is an opportunity to retake some exams in autumn this year or next summer.

What shall I do?

Stay home and stay safe – it is the most important activity you can do. If you are feeling ready to start exploring careers and employability skills, we have a lot of different resources for you in our young professional zone.

Take a look at our coronavirus pages here.



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