Education Restart - Information for Children and Young People

Education Restart

All year groups will return to school on 12 April 2021. 

The Department of Education’s plan is to make sure you are aware that there may be differences to your school day.  The plan is part of our Education Restart Programme and is called “The New School Day”. 

The plans for the new school day are based on the advice from doctors and scientists about how best to make sure that the school is a safe place for learning and having fun.

Frequently Asked Questions

If the public health advice changes then the plans for the going back to school may need to change also. These FAQs will be updated when new information is available.

Summer 2021 Examinations

All CCEA exams have been cancelled for 2021. In place of CCEA exams in Summer 2021, a student’s grade in a subject will be based on their teacher’s professional assessment of the evidenced standard at which they are performing. These will be known as Centre Determined Grades. 

Information for teachers, pupils and parents on alternative awarding arrangements – 2021 arrangements

The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) has developed a range of resources, including FAQs and videos to help you understand the changes to the Summer 2021 examination series.  CCEA FAQs

CCEA results will be issued on the following dates:

AS and A level - 10 August 2021 

GCSE- 12 August 2021

If you were due to sit examinations with another Awarding Organisation, for example, Pearson, Edexcel, WJEC etc. you should check their websites for the latest information. 

If you have an exam related query you should contact your school, in the first instance.

Support for children and young people

The Education Authority (EA) are working with their partners across the education and youth sectors to make sure that children and young people have access to essential support services at this time. You will find information on a wide range of support that is available to children and young people.

Resources for Children and Young People

The Department has published a list of resources that you and your parents or carers may find useful. 

Home Learning Support

This page provides a list of resources that may help you when learning at home. 


The Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People (NICCY) website provides Coronavirus information for children & young people and their parents.

Children’s Law Centre

The Children’s Law Centre have developed a range of FAQs on the impact of Covid-19 on education, family contact and employment issues for young people.

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