Commenting ahead of a joint union meeting with the Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson today, in which school leaders’ unions NAHT and ASCL will discuss schools’ concerns around Coronavirus and the possible actions the government might take, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, which represents leaders in the majority of schools, said:
"School leaders are obviously concerned about the impact on exams and assessments but right now their main priority is keeping children safe.
"It's important that we all work together to do the maximum we can. We will be working jointly with the Secretary of State to establish a credible plan for schools and colleges in the coming weeks.
"School leaders and their teams are determined to play their part in the national civic response to this crisis. We will use the meeting to bring some clarity and direction. Vulnerable children and families are uppermost in our minds. For some children a day at school is a place of sanctuary and nourishment as well as a place of education.
"Once the immediate issues are under control, I am confident that school leaders and their teams will do all that they can to support children and young people throughout the remainder of the crisis."
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