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Year 10 and Year 12 students could return to school after half term

Published on 21/05/20

The government has said that secondary school students sitting exams next year - Year 10s and Year 12s - could start receiving face-to-face support from their school after half term, from Monday 1st June, at the earliest. We know that our families will have questions about how this will work. We hope our Q&A below will help.

When will students return to school?

Earlier this month the government said that students taking exams next year – Year 10 and Year 12 - would get some face-to-face contact with teachers before the summer holidays.

On 20th May they updated their guidance to say that Year 10 and Year 12 students could start
receiving some face-to-face support from 1st June, at the earliest. Although they are not expected to return full-time. This will only happen if it is safe to do so.

If the government say it is safe for these year groups to return to school, our approach will be:

  • On Monday 1st June our schools will be having a staff training day to prepare for the return of students.
  • From Tuesday 2nd June our Year 10 and Year 12 students will return part-time. Schools will be in contact with families about when their child can attend school.

Which students will return to school?

Students with exams next year – Year 10 and Year 12. This will only happen if the government say it's safe to do so.

Schools will continue to provide full-time care for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

How will you keep students safe?

We’ve been working closely with our family of schools to make sure that children can return as safely as possible.

The safety and protection of our children, teaching teams, families and wider community is our top priority. We know that returning to school during this situation is a difficult decision. We understand that you will have questions and concerns. Schools are currently finalising their planning and will be able to share more information about how this could work very soon.

During planning, we’re considering all scenarios – this includes:

  • Deep cleans of the school
  • Increased cleaning protocols – especially touchpoints e.g. handrails, door handles, toilets
  • and surfaces
  • Installing additional sanitiser and hand washing stations
  • Social distancing – moving desks apart, moving around the school and entering/leaving the school site
  • Ensuring ventilation and minimising touch-points – propping open doors and windows, not using shared keyboards, only using allocated rooms etc.
  • Signage, advice for students/families and floor markings
  • Minimising people on-site – limited visitors and making sure only staff that are timetabled/needed are at the school
  • Catering, staggered breaks and accessing toilets

What will my child be doing at school?

Our teaching teams will be working with them to help them prepare for exams next year.

Will you continue to provide care for the children of key workers?

Yes. Schools will continue to be open full-time for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Will remote learning continue?

Yes. The year groups that are not in school will continue with remote learning.

Where can I find more information about what the government have said?

There is more information available here.

On Thursday 21st May the government also published advice for parents with children in secondary schools.