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Back to School ?!

The government's decision to advise school to open from the 1st June is controversial, with primary schools directed to first opening to reception, year one and year six children. Some say it is too early to open and puts children, staff and families at risk. Here are a number of documents which may be of interest to you. 

The Chartered College of teaching has written to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education, voicing its concerns on behalf of its members (20/5/2020).

The National Education Union have  produced a Coronavirus : vulnerable workers checklist and insists that there are five tests that need to be met before its NEU members are assured that introducing more pupils and staff into schools is safe. Those five tests are:

  • Much lower numbers of Covid-19 cases

  • A national plan for social distancing

  • A fully functioning test and trace system

  • A whole school strategy

  • Protection for the vulnerable

The NEU remains clear that schools can only open more widely when the union’s national tests are met and the necessary safety standards have been adhered to using its checklist.



The Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) have produced a report (28/5/2020) and a useful diagram (below) called 'When Should a School Reopen?' 


SAGE - Risk assessment for schools, teachers, students, and family/carers  (p.16)



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