Back to school

Over recent months we have been supporting the additional issues for families caused by the impact of COVID-19 to education and other provision. With the ever-changing circumstances in education and long periods of lockdown, we thought it would be helpful to look at the resources available and bring them together in one place.

Working with Suffolk Parent Carer Network and Specialist services in Suffolk, we held two online chat sessions to gather views and concerns from parents and share ideas for how families can be supported through this difficult period.

Some of the key themes:

  • Managing anxiety and wellbeing (worries about returning, coping with change and different friendship groups) 
  • Transition support
  • Social distancing and PPE
  • Changes to provision
  • Catching up on missed education and maintaining interest in learning
  • School transport
  • Further ‘waves’ of the virus

View ‘Back to school’ parent views infographic

View our collation of parent comments and ideas(opens PDF)

These sessions have shaped the information we have pulled together for the pages below. 

Watch our video which aims to help parents and carers understand what to expect about the return to education:

We would like to hear from you with any further ideas, you can email us at

Useful links

Suffolk County Council ‘Back to school’ information for families

Open ministerial letter about the return to school (2nd September 2020)

Latest FAQ’s for parents and carers(from Inclusion and SEND services Suffolk)

Public Health England – Back to school parent leaflets (updated 11th September 2020)

Government guidance for schools about full opening(updated 17th September 2020)

Open ministerial letter about the return to education (21st July 2020)

 Other Links