Flexibility for Primary Schools

Commenting on a push by the Department for Education to encourage head teachers to invite back more primary pupils before summer, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

"Head teachers will despair at yet another announcement from a government seemingly without a plan.

"Schools are also continuing to provide remote learning and support for pupils, as well as remaining open to key worker and high-risk children in all year groups. In addition, schools are now settling down children in some year groups and encouraging parents to send back their children.

"Teachers and school leaders are already doing all they can and need time to plan for more. The government is just increasing pressure by announcing changes to wider opening in dribs and drabs.

"Government needs to put more thought into how they can use other buildings, and bring more staff back into teaching, rather than placing all responsibility on individual school leaders.

"This is a national crisis that needs a national response and yet again shows the necessity for a national education plan. Government must address this with urgency and a seriousness we have not yet seen.

"Right now they need to be planning for summer holiday clubs and looking at the provision of free school meals.

"Discussions must start with teaching unions and education professionals about how we best plan for education from September."

ENDS

Editor’s Note

The NEU wrote to the Prime Minister on 11 June with its proposals for a National Education Recovery Plan: https://neu.org.uk/press-releases/coronavirus-national-education-recovery-plan

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