Back to school for all

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Posted on19 Aug 2020

As the summer holidays draw to an end its a good time to start planning the return to school for children and finding out more about adult learning opportunities too.

Return to school for kids

Your child’s school will have been in touch to share information about what to expect on their return and how they are preparing for the arrival of pupils in September. It is important to follow the guidance provided by the school and also check the school’s website for further information (such as a return to school booklet.)

As parents and carers, we will want to ensure our children are safe, happy and excited to learn as well as them having lots of opportunities to have fun with their friends.

Understandingly, the start of a new school year can be an anxious time for parents, carers and children. This year, it may seem even more daunting due to the additional measures in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

To help, we have talked to parents from across JRHT for fun hints and tips for getting back into the classroom.

Hints and tips

  1. Arrange ‘play dates’ with school friends before the first day at school. But if your child does find themselves on their own in the playground, speak to them about seeking out someone who is also on their own and join forces.
  2. It’s a great idea to buy a new pencil case and colourful pens - it can make all the difference and make them feel prepared for anything!
  3. Take time to run through how you will get there – check where to pick up and drop off at, or where the bus stops are. These are important things to consider when starting a new school. Especially as many schools will allocate time slots for pupils to arrive and depart.
  4. Try some new ideas for packed lunches? Packed lunches may not seem cool as you go to secondary school, but bento box style, with lots of nibbles that are healthy and a cooler alternative.
  5. Remember that everyone has experienced lockdown, so think about sharing your experiences and memories with others. It may be fun to share a fun fact such as how long did you go without a haircut? Did you have a shortage of toilet roll?

Share your top tips for getting the kids back to school on JRHT Facebook or email [email protected] with any suggestions.

Financial help

The start of term can be expensive, so if you are worried about the cost of a new school uniform, shoes and packed lunches please contact your local authority who may be able to assist. For more information visit:

JRHT also offers crisis support grants for residents who may be in financial difficulties. Please contact Martin Bell, money and benefits Advisor or go to money, benefits and debt advice page.

Back to school for adults

August can be a great time to think about booking an evening or daytime class to learn a new hobby or DIY skills. Brushing up on your conversational Spanish, Fench or German with thoughts of a possible holiday next year or thinking about what skills you might need to help you at work or to search for a new job. With local colleges and venues still closed, there are lots you can do online and some courses are free.

Check out the opportunities listed below for information on local learning opportunities across our communities in York, Scarborough, Hartlepool, Beverely and Leeds.

Future Learn

You can also access Future Learn, a UK-wide resource that offers courses on specific subjects, professional qualifications and online degrees, much of which are free of charge and made available from universities and colleges.