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Zara Tindall and her husband Mike have two daughters – Mia, six, and Lena, two. The family have been spending the pandemic at home in Gloucestershire, near Zara’s mother Princess Anne’s royal residence.
Zara and Mike have both spoken candidly about their lockdown experience.
Doting dad Mike opened up about the challenges he’d faced homeschooling Mia and revealed he and Zara intended to send her back to school when they reopen for some primary school students in June.
At the time Mike said: “I don’t think any child is a great homeschooler because they definitely listen to other people better than they listen to their parents.
“[Mia] can be brilliant one minute and then something you’ve seen her do a thousand times she’ll just go ‘I don’t know how to do that’ and then you go ‘well I know you do’, and she’ll just say ‘no I don’t’ and then you get frustrated, and you’re trying not to get frustrated.”
However, Mia’s stint back in the classroom will have been short-lived as schools broke-up for the summer holidays in July.
The Government is advising parents in England to send their children back to school for the start of the autumn term.
As schools across the country prepare to reopen for all year groups, Mia is likely to be among pupils returning to the classroom next week.
Government guidance on the full re-opening of schools
While schools in Scotland and Northern Ireland have already welcomed pupils back, most schools in England are due to start the autumn term on Wednesday, September 2.
Guidance on the Government’s website about the reopening of schools states: “It is our plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.”
New control measures for pupils and staff will be in place to protect pupils and teachers from COVID-19.
Schools have also been advised to update their behaviour and pastoral care to account for coronavirus.
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The Government have said reopening schools is “vital for children’s wellbeing.”
A statement on the Government’s advice website reads: “Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing.
“Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for disadvantaged children.
“This impact can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn, and therefore we need to ensure all pupils can return to school sooner rather than later.
“The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus (COVID-19) is very low and there are negative health impacts of being out of school.
“We know that school is a vital point of contact for public health and safeguarding services that are critical to the wellbeing of children and families.
“Lower academic achievement also translates into long-term economic costs due to having a less well-qualified workforce.
“This affects the standard of living that today’s pupils will have over the course of their entire life.
“For many households, school closures have also affected their ability to work.
“As the economy begins to recover, we need to remove this barrier so parents and carers can return to work.”
Mia is not the only young royal expected back at school for the autumn term.
Her relatives Prince George and Charlotte are also likely to return to Thomas’s Battersea in South West London to start the autumn term.
While the Cambridges have been based in Norfolk during the pandemic, they are expected back in the capital ahead of school restarting.
Her cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips are also likely to start school again in the autumn term.
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