Return to school for primary and post primary pupils in Northern Ireland

It was confirmed today (16 March) that all school children are set to return to face-to-face learning in school as follows:


P1 – P3: Already back in school

P4 – P7: To return on 22 March 

Post Primary

Years 8 – 11: To return on 12 April

Years 12 – 14: Already due to return on 22 March

Special schools continue to remain open as usual.

Childcare settings, including those based on school premises, and childminders continue to operate throughout this period.

What does this mean for you?

The prospect of schools reopening again for face-to-face learning for all pupils and the beginning of easing of other lockdown restrictions have prompted many employees and employers to start considering a return to a pattern of work that is more similar to their working arrangements pre-Covid. This means that many parents are now looking ahead to what their childcare needs may be over the coming months. We have information on finding childcare, support with childcare costs and how to request flexible working arrangements available on our website here.

Parents may also be thinking about school uniforms, and if your child may be eligible to receive a School Uniform Allowance. We have information on the School Uniform Allowance, including who is eligible and how to claim, available here. It is important to note that there can be only one claim made per academic year.

We are here to help

Our Family Benefits Advice Service is here to help all parents identify what support they are entitled to. We are also here to help parents to understand their rights and entitlements in terms of requesting family friendly working arrangements – just give the team a call on 028 9267 8200 or email for free, impartial and confidential advice.