Commenting on reports that the Government will remove social distancing requirements in schools by September, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“Leaks of proposals for school re-opening in September are not helpful. Schools and parents need to see from Government a clearly thought-out plan outlining the scientific reasoning behind a return for all pupils. This is essential to reassure families and school staff that whatever the return to school looks like it is as safe as possible for the whole school community.
“There will be serious challenges ahead and they need to be dealt with seriously. Head teachers need to have a clear idea of what they are planning for. It is essential that Government speaks to the teaching unions and education professionals to ensure we have a coherent strategy that is workable for September and includes planning for any second spikes or regional outbreaks that may occur.”