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Everything will change when schools and colleges open the doors again

It’s the start of a new term and it’s time for children across the country to get back to school, nursery and college.

Many parents, pupils and teachers are excited to get back into the routine and although it’s understandable to have a few worries the benefits of going back into education are clear.

Not only will pupils be learning again, but they’ll benefit from the sense of routine, the chance to see their friends and a boost to their wellbeing.

With new safety measures in place things will look a bit different, but pupils will be guaranteed plenty of support from their teachers.

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, 62, the Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group in Somerset is one of many leaders who’s worked hard to make the learning environment safe and welcoming for returning students.

He said: “If you came into my campuses you’d see the one-way system, you’d see all the sanitisers, you’d see the counselling service, you’d see the ability for us to check temperatures, but behind that are the individual learning plans for each student. That’s where the crucial planning really takes place.

“We’ve increased the number of mental health advisors and support workers who are here, we’ve put a massive investment into all levels of additional learning support at tutorial level, mentoring and one-to-one teaching.

“I’ve doubled the amount of cleaners in the college – I just need to be assured that everything we do is protecting everyone.”

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson is a native of Leeds, journalist and PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow. She is mainly interested in foreign affairs, geopolitics and investigative journalism.

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