Children, schools and education settings

Schools, colleges and early years settings

Back to school - Autumn term 2020

Schools in Bury are set to fully reopen to all pupils from the start of the Autumn term.

The Local Authority has been working closely with school leaders and health colleagues, following national guidance from government and Public Health England in order to ensure that schools are ready to welcome their pupils.

We have carefully planned for the new academic year, and the re-set of our education service. As part of planning for full return in the autumn term, it is a legal requirement that schools should revisit and update their risk assessments (building on the learning to date and the practices they have already developed), to consider the additional risks and control measures to enable a return to full capacity in the autumn term.

Covid-19 secure measures will remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission, and there will be some use of zoning, bubbles, scenario planning, and curriculum adjustments to suit specific situations and environments. This is alongside protective measures such as regular cleaning and handwashing.

Start and finish times may also be phased - contact your child(ren)'s school for further information.

Schools will work with families to secure full attendance from the start of the new academic year, with the reintroduction of mandatory attendance.

Back to school - questions and answers

Government guidance

The government has provided information for parents and carers about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Face coverings in education

The Department for Education has issued guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in Years 7 and above in England.

Travel to school and college

Transport for Greater Manchester have issued information and safe travel advice for returning to school and college.

Further guidance

The government has provided guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.

This guidance covers changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children and young people over the age of 5 during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

There is a helpline to answer questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows.

Phone: 0800 046 8687,

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday).

Advice and resources from The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. 

What to do if you child is unwell or injured

This downloadable poster provides some helpful advice:

More advice and resources for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak are available at The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health website. 

Coronavirus fact sheet and animation for children

The coronavirus fact sheet and animation is for children to help them understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading. These were developed by the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust. A downloadable fact sheet is also available at the end of this page.  They have also made an animation to go with it.

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Download the factsheet

Government guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Go to for advice on support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing