Last reviewed on 18 February 2022
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Find out what you need to know and do to support pupils fasting during Ramadan, including during exams.

Key dates

The dates of Ramadan change each year, and so does the date of Eid-al-Fitr, the celebration at its end.

To check this year’s dates, access our interactive online calendar or check on this site.

Open the conversation with pupils

You shouldn't tell students whether or not to fast

Your school's role is to support students who are fasting, and to create a welcoming environment where students can exercise religious freedom and make choices without judgement.

Find out who's fasting

Make sure you know which pupils may need support during Ramadan. Ask parents or pupils to speak to the school about it, so you don't make assumptions about who may be observing the fast.

You may want to ask for parental permission to allow younger pupils to miss lunch.

Make time to show interest in individual pupils who are fasting. Talk about what they're doing, how they're feeling and what the school can