Last reviewed on 6 August 2021
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Know what you need to consider when deciding whether to place pupils ahead or behind their year group ('front yearing' or 'back yearing'). You may be getting requests from parents to hold their children back a year due to coronavirus - find out why you should only agree to this in exceptional cases.

We wrote the first section of this article with help from Lorraine Petersen, an education and SEND consultant, and Sara Alston, a safeguarding and inclusion expert. The rest of the article was written with guidance from associate education experts Jenny Moss and Nina Siddall-Ward, and a representative from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Find out more about them at the bottom of this article. 

Coronavirus: decide if this is the best option for catch-up  

You can still approve requests on a case-by-case basis. However, as all pupils will receive some form of catch-up provision, you should only consider holding pupils back in exceptional circumstances. These include any external factors that might place a pupil’s learning and development far behind their peers (for example, if they've suffered significant trauma), but shouldn't just be because they’ve missed school. Any