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Back to school at last

It’s good news for those ready to get back to real-life teaching and studying in the UK and beyond.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all schools in England will reopen on 8 March. Secondary schools can choose to stagger returning over the course of a week, so that students can be tested for Covid. After-school clubs and sports will also resume. 

Scotland has already opened its schools to the youngest students, in years P1-P3, aged from four to seven, and from 15 March all primary-aged children will return.

Secondary-school students who are preparing for exams will also be allowed back part-time. Universities and colleges are allowed up to 5% of their students to return for courses where face-to-face teaching is crucial and the intention is that all students will be able to return from 5 April.

In Wales, primary-aged children have already returned and, if all goes well, the remaining students will be able to return from 15 March.

Northern Ireland will be allowing students in years 1-3 (aged from 5 to 8) to return from 8 March, secondary school years 12-14 from 22 March, and those in years 4-7 and 8-11 to return after the Easter break.

From 1 March, Ireland’s junior, senior infants, first and second class will be returning to school, along with sixth years at secondary schools. It is hoped that the remainder of primary-aged children can return from 15 March, but this is under review, as is the 12th of April for the rest of the secondary-school aged pupils. 

Malta’s schools have been open for all students since October.

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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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