Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “Schools have remained open since the start of lockdown for vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Since 1st June, more and more pupils have been admitted, in line with the government’s guidance. This has required meticulous planning from schools and a huge effort to communicate with families, working to support them whilst levels of concern and uncertainty about Coronavirus have been very high.
“The damage being done to young people’s learning and wellbeing by being away from school is obvious. That has to be a priority for this government. The desire to bring everyone back to school, as soon as it is safe to do so, is correct. But fines are too blunt a way of making this happen. They drive a wedge between schools and families at the best of times. That is something we can ill afford at a time when getting more pupils back in school will rely on a huge amount of cooperation and understanding between schools and families.”
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