When do Year 10s go back to school? Reopening dates explained


AS part of 'protective measures', the Government is reopening schools in a phased out process to avoid the threat of a spread of coronavirus among schoolchildren.

With Year 10s due to sit GCSE exams in a year, plans are being drawn up to make sure they are able to receive the help they need.

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Which year groups are returning first when schools reopen?

From June 1, pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 can return to school.

Children of key workers have been in school during the coronavirus lockdown and will continue to attend as usual.

The Government has told schools to open on a full time basis for those eligible to attend.

A Government statement read: "Schools should not plan on the basis of a rota system for pupils returning from 1 June, either daily or weekly.

"We are asking schools to welcome back eligible pupils full-time, and do not expect schools to implement flexible approaches, such as rota systems."

But with some councils discouraging children's return to school, parents have been left confused if their kids will be going back.

When do Year 10s go back?

With Year 10s preparing to sit crucial GCSE exams next year, the Government has included plans for them to get the assistance they need.

The Government guidance revealed: "We will ask secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support for year 10 and year 12 students (and equivalents) who are due to take key exams next year, alongside the full time provision they are offering to priority groups.

"Alternative provision settings should mirror the approach being taken for mainstream schools and also offer some face-to-face support for years 10 and 11 students (as they have no year 12)."

Although Year 10s are being urged to return, they could only need to go to school on occasion, as they continue to use home learning methods to keep up with their studies.

What order are other year groups returning?

The Government's guidance currently only focuses on certain year groups.

The purpose of the phased move of reopening is to avoid the spread of the disease at schools.

It is also believed that younger schoolchildren are being asked back first because of the widening gap between pupils who are wealthy and those who are disadvantaged.

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When will secondary schools go back?

It is currently unclear when secondary school students will be able to go back to classrooms.

Like Year 10s, secondary school children may also be beneficiaries of the face-to-face support laid out by the Government.

Subsequent updates on schools reopening is expected to include more details on when all other year groups will be able to go back to school.

How will classes work?

In its action plan for the reopening of schools, government has said limiting class sizes will reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus.

"Alongside good hygiene and cleaning, one of the main protective measures we can take to reduce transmission is to have small group and class sizes," it says.

"By returning pupils gradually settings can initially reduce the number of children and young people in classrooms compared to usual and put protective measures in place to reduce risks."

The Department for Education has advised that classrooms should be limited to 15 pupils per class.

Some unions have objected to schools reopening on this day, suggesting it is too soon and will put children and staff at risk.

It has been confirmed that parents who do not allow their children back to school on Government's recommended date will not be penalised.

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