Is school going to be the same when the pupils return in September

Teachers and students alike have had so much to contend with over the past 18 months. There have been lockdowns where they were only open for key workers, home schooling, isolations and bubbles to prevent mixing. All of this has taken a huge amount of planning and preparation.

Many are wondering what the next 12 months are going to hold but the truth is we simply do not know. It is likely that when the schools return in September all the social distancing rules may have been lifted so bubbles will be scrapped allowing the children to mix once again. This means that whole school assemblies can now take place again and staggered start and finish times are likely to be dropped. Schools may still have a say as to what rules they want to keep in place and when so you will need to check what is going to be in place for your child’s school.

Although it may be a worrying time for many as the social distancing rules get scrapped, it will be nice for the pupils and the teachers to be able to get back to some sort of normality again and fingers crossed there will be no further lockdowns.

Are friendships important at school?

With so many children not only missing out on the educational aspect of school but also the social aspect, parents are worried what long-term effect this may have. School is a place for learning and although most of the learning is academic, it also plays a big role in social development too. Children who go to school learn how to share and interact with each other. They learn about how to deal with problems and what makes a good friend.

Many children struggle with friendships at school from quite an early age. It may be the first time a child has spent a lot of time with other children if they haven’t been to nursery or are an only child. It is quite common for a child to worry about friendships and often this can have a knock-on effect on their school work. You may find that if your child is struggling with friendships that they start to say they don’t want to go to school. It can be increasingly harder to encourage them to go.

If your child is really struggling with friendships then it may be a good idea to go in and speak to the teacher about the issue. They may be able to move them round so they have the opportunity to spend time with other people and make new friends that way.