When do schools in England reopen? Date pupils return to school on a full-time basis

Schools across the UK have been closed since Friday 20 March, following an order from the government

Schools in England are set to return on a full-time basis in September following a coronavirus induced lockdown.

Children in England have been out of full-time education since March, with only a select few returning to schools prior to the Summer holidays.

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The Education Secretary and Prime Minister have frequently underlined their determination to have all children back in school by Autumn.

Schools across the UK closed earlier this month.Schools across the UK closed earlier this month.
Schools across the UK closed earlier this month.

In an open letter to parents Education Secretary Gavin Williamson warned of the negative impacts if children are kept from returning to school.

He wrote: "If a child is not in school, they stand to lose far more than just a few months of learning. It could well put a huge dent in their future life chances," Mr Williamson said in his letter to parents.

"Education is a birthright, so let's make sure we get all children back - back to learning, back to playing and back to being kids again."

When are schools reopening in England?

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Following the summer holidays children in England will begin returning to school in September.

Most schools in England will return on either September 1 or September 2, with the autumn term running until December 18.

Children will return to a full-time programme.

What if there’s an outbreak at the school? If a coronavirus outbreak occurs at a school teachers will be required to contact health officials.

A school closure will not be necessary unless health officials issue specific advice to schools.

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Schools are expected to have a contingency plan for home-working in place should a school be forced to close.

What will the school day look like?

Children are expected to return to a standard full-time curriculum.

They will be expected to minimise contact with fellow pupils, with classes and year groups kept in distinct social bubbles.

Schools will be required to carry out a strict risk assessment prior to their return.

Improved hygiene will be practiced by staff and pupils alike.

Children aged 12 an over will be required to wear face coverings in certain situations.