When do the schools go back 2021? Date pupils return after summer holidays in Scotland, England, Wales and NI

Scottish schools go back first in August, followed by English, Welsh and Northern Irish schools in September

School pupils are currently enjoying their summer holidays, but when will they return to the classroom?

These are the dates pupils in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will return to the classroom.

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Scottish schools go back first in August, followed by English, Welsh and Northern Irish schools in September (Photo: Shutterstock)

In England, the autumn term is due to start on Friday 3 September. However, term dates can differ by council areas, so some schools may go back earlier or later than others.

To check the term dates where you live, simply enter your postcode on the government website.

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In Scotland, schools break up for summer a month earlier than elsewhere in the UK, which means they also return earlier.

Most schools in Scotland broke up for summer on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June.

However, the end date of the summer break differs between individual schools and council areas across Scotland.

Many pupils will be expected to return to classrooms during the week beginning Monday 16 August.

The majority of Scottish schools expect pupils to return on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 August.

However, in some areas pupils have already gone back to class.

Those in Angus returned on 11 August – the only council area that went back on that date – after a decision was made to end the previous term earlier than normal.

East Dunbartonshire and the Western Isles are next to return on 12 August.

You can find out the autumn term start date for your area on your local council’s website, where all the school term, half term and holiday dates should be published.


In Wales, the autumn term is due to start on Thursday 2 September.

Again, the term dates may differ depending on which council area you live in.

To check the dates where you live, simply check the website of your local council.

Northern Ireland

The autumn term is due to start on Wednesday 1 September in Northern Ireland.

You can check the dates in your local area via the government website.