As expected, the government will proceed with moving to the next phase of relaxing lockdown measures. For schools, this will mean admitting more pupils into certain year groups from Monday.
Commenting on today’s Downing Street announcement, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, which represents leaders in the majority of schools, said: “School leaders and their teams have worked tirelessly over the past two weeks to put in place arrangements to keep pupils, parents and staff as safe as possible from Monday. This is an incredible achievement in such a short space of time. Perhaps the most challenging set of circumstances schools have faced for generations.
“We have been recommending to our members that they use the flexibilities afforded to them in the government’s guidance. We anticipate that this is what the majority of schools will have done.
“Despite schools’ best efforts to date, this is still a very complicated scenario and there’s still a lot of understandable fear and uncertainty out there. We now need to see a concerted effort from government to use all of its powers to communicate with families between now and Monday, so that parents know what to expect.”
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