Parents want to know when they can send children back to school. Continued school closures will have a detrimental impact on pupil progress, Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, acknowledged earlier in the lockdown.
Boris Johnson delivered an announcement on Sunday May 10 about phase two of the shutdown, indicating that the return to school would be gradual, rather than a wholesale lifting of the lockdown.
One week later, the Education Secretary defended the decision, saying that school is the safest place for children from difficult or unhappy homes, as he urged teachers to return to the classroom. Teachers’ unions, backed by the British Medical Association, have expressed concern about the phased reopening from June 1.
And on May 28, reporting progress in the containment of the virus, the Prime Minister confirmed that schools would reopen on Monday, June 1, for children in Reception, Years 1 and 6, and … Read More