Primary schools

  1. Southwark school welcomes pupils back to classroom

    Charles Dickens Primary School

    One south London primary school has welcomed back "a sea of smiling" faces as pupils returned to classrooms around the country.

    Youngsters at Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark returned to class on Tuesday, with a range of measures in place, including staggered start times and segregated lunch breaks.

    The school's headteacher said that, although some parents were nervous, many were pleased to have their children back in education, after months of them being at home.

    Mother Odetta Patterson, from Southwark, who has two children aged four and six, said she had been "quite worried" about them attending "so I wasn't going to send them at first".

    "Now they're in I feel quite safe, the school have done a great job and it's for the best. My eldest has missed his friends since March and wanted to go back."

    Another mother, Jordan Cullen, 29, from Bermondsey, said: "I'm ready, they're ready and they're looking forward to it.

    "I think my kids know to keep their distance, wash their hands and be sensible so I think they'll be absolutely fine."

    Headteacher Cassie Buchanan said it was "brilliant to have the children back.

    "I think after months and months of preparation to actually have the children back in the building and to see all their smiling faces has been fantastic."

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    Video caption: Coronavirus and schools: What are the risks with reopening?

    BBC Health Correspondent Laura Foster explains what schools are doing to keep pupils safe.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Scottish pupils returning to schools

    School pupils return to classes across Scotland for the first time since the country was locked down.

  4. Kent Test to be delayed until October

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Classroom

    Kent County Council has approved plans to delay the Kent Test - often referred to as the 11-plus - by about one month as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on schools and pupils.

    The grammar school entrance exam will now take place on Thursday 15 October for pupils who attend a Kent school and from Saturday 17 October for all other students.

    Parents in Kent will also be offered two additional preferences on their child’s secondary school application this year, an increase from four to six, to account for the later release of Kent Test results.

    More than 17,000 pupils have registered for the test this year, the council said.