Back to school information for parents and carers

It is mandatory for school aged children to be at school from the start of the new school year in September.

Back to School campaign - teachersMaking schools as safe as possible 

We are working with schools to ensure that they are safe and measures are in place to support parents/carers taking their children to school.  

Schools have received Public Health England endorsed guidance on protective measures to implement to be as safe as possible and reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus. 

Measures to minimise risks, while allowing schools to get back to teaching, include: 

  • staggered break times 
  • increased hygiene and handwashing 
  • children staying in consistent groups 

If you have any queries about your child(ren) returning to school, please contact the school directly. 

Parents are encouraged to visit gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their children's return to school.


Back to School campaign - studentsTravelling to school 

Students and staff who can walk or cycle to get to school are encouraged to do so.  

The government recently announced £2 billion of investment to increase active travel, as well as publishing its new cycling and walking plan.


Children and young people with special educational needs

We are working hard to continue to provide support in line with social distancing guidelines.

Visit our SEND web pages to find out about additional support and guidance for families with children and young people with special educational needs during Covid-19.

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Key guidance and information for parents 

Page last updated: 03 Sep 2020