The death of Queen Elizabeth II: FAQs for schools

We're in a national period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about what this means for your school.

updated on 12 September 2022
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  1. Will our school close?
  2. Do schools need to teach an extra day later in the year to make up for the bank holiday?
  3. What if our school's due to carry out selective testing on 19 September?
  4. Should we cancel school events?
  5. Does our school need to follow any particular mourning rules or rituals?
  6. How can we mark this event in school?
  7. What if parents/carers want to keep their children at home?
  8. Are Ofsted inspections happening as normal?

Will our school close? You shouldn't close the school during the wider period of mourning. The period of mourning started on 8 September and will last until 19 September, the day of the state funeral. 19 September will be a bank holiday and the DfE doesn't expect schools to open on that date. Your school should treat this the same as any other bank holiday. This is set out in guidance for schools about the national mourning period. Do schools need to teach an extra day later in the year to make up for the bank holiday? No. The DfE says it will reduce the minimum number of sessions for this school year. It will also change the definitions on the school teacher's pay and conditions document (STPCD) for the current year. This is explained on page 4 of guidance for schools about the national mourning period. What if our school's due to carry out selective testing on 19 September? School leaders will work with