Education Restart - Information for Children and Young People

Over the last few months there have been big changes in everyone’s lives because of coronavirus.  One of the biggest changes for children and young people was that schools closed for normal lessons.  Instead of going to school every day, you will have had lessons online and received learning packs from your school. 

It is now time to make plans to get children and young people back to school.  We want to do this as soon as possible after the summer holidays.  As we start to get schools up and running again, everyone will work to make sure pupils, school staff and their families are as safe as possible.  That means how things work in schools will change in a lot of ways.

This information is the Department of Education’s plan for making sure when you come back to school in August and September 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

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are intended to provide Children and Young People with the latest information on going back to school.    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 2020 Examinations

For those who were due to sit CCEA examinations in Summer 2020, 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 2020 examination series.  The FAQs are updated regularly with the latest information, when available. 

f 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. 

Results will be issued on the usual dates.

  • Entry Level - 30 June 2020
  • GCSE - 20 August 2020
  • A Level - 13 August 2020

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

Frquently Asked Questions on GCSE results are available here

Support for children and young people

The Education Authority (EA) are working with their partners accross 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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