Video report by Katie Cole
When we look back over the way the last year's panned out, so much of how restrictions came and went - was tied into what was happening in schools.
Now all eyes will be on schools as the first classrooms reopened on Wednesday, 1 September.
There are already worries about keeping the spread of the virus under control and questions about the Government's planning for the reopening.
A Department for Education spokesperson said:
“Education remains a national priority, and the success of the vaccine programme means schools and colleges will deliver high-quality, face-to-face education to their pupils, with minimal disruption.
“The measures in place strike a balance between making schools safe - with enhanced ventilation, covid testing and vaccinations of older students and staff - and reducing disruption by removing bubbles and face coverings.”