With millions of pupils in England due to return to the classroom, the BBC went to Stokes Wood Primary in Leicester – a city where the term traditionally begins earlier than other parts of the country – to find out how pupils and parents felt.
‘I know my son needed that routine back’
Milena, a year two teacher, whose five-year-old son Erik goes to the school, said she was “absolutely delighted” things would become more normal for all pupils.
“I know my son needed that routine back,” she said. “He needed to be with his friends and socialise.”
Milena and all the other school staff have been taking lateral flow tests twice a week and will continue to do so. However, they will not have to test the children, as some other schools will, because the pupils are too young.
“I feel safer…