Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said: "As the Prime minister said, bringing schools out of lockdown can only happen when the science says that it is safe to do so. The government clearly feels that we are past the peak. It is essential to plan but we should not risk a second more harmful peak.
"Asking schools to admit more pupils must be safe and consistent with the country’s overall Covid-19 health response, with all reasonable measures taken to protect students, staff, parents and the wider community. The government will need to communicate all of its thinking very clearly, in order for there to be sufficient public confidence that sending more pupils into school is safe for everyone. The planning the Prime Minister mentions must be done collaboratively with the profession in order for the next stage to be successful."
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