Commenting on data released by Department for Education reflecting the wider opening of schools last week, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“The figures released show what a very long way the Government has to go to convince the nation’s parents and teachers that a wider opening of schools is safe.
“Just 35% of eligible schools (state and independent) opened any additional classes on Monday 1 June, this rose to 52% by the end of the week. These reflect National Education Union figures last week showing that 44% of state schools did not start opening more widely on 1 June.
“Out of 2.4 million nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils, just 300,000 – one in eight - attended on Monday 1 June, rising to 480,000 – one in five - by the end of the week.
“These Government proposals were not discussed with unions representing teachers, school leaders or support staff before they were announced. We call on the Government to work with the teaching profession and education unions to develop a secure plan for the wider opening of schools and invest the necessary resources to make it a success.”