SCHOOLS across the country have today reopened for the first time this year.

Following the national UK lockdown, Boris Johnson announced that school pupils can return to school on March 8.

The Prime Minister prioritised getting children back into education settings and reopening schools is the first stage of his five-part plan for the lifting of lockdown restrictions in England.

Here's everything you need to know about going back to school:

When do primary schools go back?

Primary schools have reopened today. Government guidance has said that all primary school children should go back on this date.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has assured parents that “everything is strongly in favour” of this happening.

When do senior schools go back?

All senior schools also reopen today.

However, pupils return will be staggered as mass-testing is roll-out to prevent infection rates from rocketing.

All secondary pupils and college students will be offered a coronavirus test.

What measures will be in place?

Lateral flow Covid-19 tests will be mandatory for teachers and students in secondary schools and colleges.

It comes as there will be a staggered return for most secondary schools and colleges in the city in order to allow for testing systems to be established.

Meanwhile, primary and special schools and early years settings will have access to twice weekly testing.

However, primary and early years aged children are not asked to be tested.

Other measures, such as the wearing of face coverings in secondary schools and colleges, social distancing measures and classroom ventilation, will also be in place in schools across the city

Will clubs and sport resume?

All extracurricular activities taking place at school and college will return on March 8.

Organised kids' sport clubs held at other locations – such as football pitches or tennis courts – will reopen on March 29 when England’s ‘Stay At Home’ order lifts.