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Return: Pupils in P1 to P3 will go back to school on Monday, March 8

Return: Pupils in P1 to P3 will go back to school on Monday, March 8

Return: Pupils in P1 to P3 will go back to school on Monday, March 8

The Executive plan for a phased return for schools has been welcomed as ‘sensible and logical’ - but there are still many questions to be answered before pupils in P1 to P3 arrive back in the classroom on March 8.

All children aged 4-7 will be the first group of pupils to return to face to face learning following Thursday’s announcement.

Teaching unions, though, are still awaiting more clarity on how the return will be handled, with pupils in exam years 12-14 set to return on March 22 to allow for assessments at A-level, GSCE and AS-level and other vocational qualifications to begin under the latest plan, with P1-P3 pupils reverting to remote learning during the final week before the Easter holidays.


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