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Back to school tips

Are you ready to go back to school?

Tesco can help you get full marks when going back to school with great school uniforms, school bags, school shoes and school coats.

Why not try F+F's Uniform Embroidery Service, an easy way to get great value school uniforms in your school's colours, complete with embroidered emblem. You can also raise money for your school just by shopping with us.

Have a tasty new school year with delicious and healthy lunchbox ideas

Get all your student essentials, from school stationery and calculators to tablets and laptops

When do kids go back to school in England and Scotland?

In England the school year begins around 4th September, and in Scotland it starts around 20th August. The school year ends in England in the 3rd week of July, in Scotland the school year ends in the last week of June.

The main 6 week summer holiday is usually from mid-July to early September. Schools also have 2 weeks holiday at Christmas and at Easter as well as a week in mid-October, mid-February and the end of May. Exact dates of school holidays vary between education authorities and schools.

Children in the UK attend school for around 195 days per year.

1996 Education Act of the UK

Children in Britain are required by law to be in education until they are 16 years old. Whilst education is compulsory, school is not; children can be educated at home.

Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act states:

"The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable-

(a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and

(b) to any special educational needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise."