Millions of pupils return after historic shutdown
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Millions of pupils in England are returning to school today after almost six months away.
Schools are expected to look different, with one-way systems, screens keeping pupils apart and staggered start times.
Many pupils will be given inductions so they understand the new rules, such as staying in their “bubble” groups and where to use social distancing. Teachers will be assessing what and how much their pupils need to catch up.
Ministers are urging parents to send their children back but it’s unclear how many will do so, although attendance is compulsory in England.
Some recent polls suggest families are keen to see children back in class but others have not been so positive.
In Scotland, where pupils returned several weeks ago, official statistics show one in 10 pupils is absent. Pupils in Northern Ireland have already returned, and those in Wales are returning later this week.
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