Secondary schools prepare to reopen to some students

Next week some teenagers will be meeting up with their teachers for the first time in three months as secondary schools begin to reopen.

Most will concentrate on year 10 and 12 students, while online learning continues for other groups.

Secondary schools are preparing to welcome pupils back by putting additional safety measures in place so that pupils are reminded to keep two metres apart at all times.

However, Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury in Sandwell says it will still be a challenge to maintain social distancing.

The Principal, Kully Uppal, spoke to ITV Central's Education Correspondent, Peter Bearne.

For the vast majority of students, it will still be home learning as before.

The Government says it wants to get all pupils back into class after the summer holidays.

Peter Monk, the headteacher at The Friesland School in Sandiacre, Derbyshire, says because of restrictions and limitations of space, some students will continue to have a mixture of online learning at home and some time in class.

Anastasia, a Year 10 student from Carlton in Nottinghamshire, has mixed emotions about going back.

She says that returning back to school could feel refreshingly 'normal' in these unprecedented times, but will still be a challenge to adapt to new ways of working.

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