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Schools reopening –
the facts

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The government has revealed its plans to ease lockdown restrictions and get pupils back to school for face to face learning.

Here at Buzz Education, we’ve been watching the news closely to keep you in the loop with all the latest updates.

From key reopening dates to the initial return to school plans, and Covid safety measures, we’ve collated all the most important information that’s relevant to you and your business. This is so you can make informed business decisions and plan your marketing accordingly to get the best engagement rates. 

England

Return to school

From Monday 8th March:

  • All schools and further education settings will reopen to all pupils.
  • Individual schools can plan how certain year groups go back to school throughout the week.
  • Breakfast and after-school clubs will also reopen.
  • Outdoor after-school sports activities will be allowed.

Mass testing 

  • Secondary School pupils will be required to complete three Covid tests in school and one at home. 
  • From then on, parents will be provided with home test kits to carry out twice-weekly testing at home. 
  • Schools will continue to provide some testing facilities for those children whose parents might not be able to carry out testing.
  • Primary School staff will continue to carry out twice-weekly testing at home.
  • Secondary School and College staff will also carry out twice-weekly testing at home.

Safety measures 

There will be a requirement for Secondary School pupils to wear face coverings indoors, including classrooms, where social distancing of two-metres cannot be maintained.

Catch-up plans

Secondary Schools will be asked to provide summer schools to help pupils catch-up on lost learning. A combined fund of £720m will be available to support schools and pupils with catch-up lessons, tuition and activities. Primary Schools will also receive extra funding to support pupils. 

Northern Ireland

Return to school

  • Pre-school, nursery and pupils in P1, P2 and P3 will return to classrooms on Monday 8th March.
  • These groups will then return to remote learning on Monday 22nd March to enable the return of pupils in years 12 to 14 until the start of the Easter holidays.
  • Pupils in years 4 to 7 in primary and years 8 to 11 in post-primary will continue with remote learning until after the Easter break at the earliest.

Mass testing 

  • All Primary School staff will be offered voluntary twice-weekly Covid home tests. 
  • All Secondary School and College staff will be offered voluntary on-campus Covid tests.

Scotland

Return to school

  • All children in P1, P2 and P3 and those at pre-school returned to school on Monday 22nd February.
  • Secondary School pupils who need to complete coursework returned to school on Monday 22nd February. 
  • All other age groups will continue to learn from home until no earlier than Monday 15th March.

Mass testing 

Covid at-home testing kits will be provided to senior phase pupils, teachers and school staff once they return. 

Safety measures 

Secondary pupils will have to maintain a two-metre distance in school buildings.

Wales

Return to school

  • Three to seven-year-olds returned to school as part of a phased return on Monday 22nd February.
  • If Covid case rates continue to fall other primary pupils, and years 11 and 13, are due to return on Monday 15th March. 
  • The decision on when other Secondary School pupils can return will be made before the Easter holidays, with the new term due to start on Monday 12th April.

 Mass testing 

  • Pupils in years 11 and 13, and those in further education settings, will be tested twice a week. 
  • Education staff will be tested twice a week.

What this means for your business

As schools start to open their doors to the wider pupil population, we encourage you to develop your marketing plan to reflect this return to school. 

  • If your business has been supporting those learning and teaching from home, continue to do so as homeschooling will continue for the time being for some year groups.
  • If your business has been supporting teachers who have had to juggle remote teaching with face to face teaching, continue to do so as they’ll be doing the same for the foreseeable future.
  • If your business has been supporting those learning and teaching in school, continue to do so as they’ll need your support more than ever.
  • If your business can excel now more students are returning to school, plan a marketing campaign that lets teachers and decision makers know who you are.

Whatever you need help with, our friendly team of education experts are ready and waiting to guide you in any way they can.

Call us today on 01257 460036 or email us at info@buzz-education.com

We can’t wait to start planning your next campaign.

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Whatever you need help with, our friendly team of education experts are ready and waiting to guide you in any way they can. <br><br>Call us today on 01257 460036 or email us at info@buzz-education.com <br><br>We can’t wait to start planning your next campaign.