Government announcement on new mitigations to be brought into schools

Commenting on the new measures from Government, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

"Finally, the government have been forced to recognise, and react to, the scale of the Omicron variant and its potential impact on education. The recommendation on wearing face masks in secondary school classrooms is overdue – but it should be a requirement. 

"Seven thousand more air purifiers is something, but it is completely inadequate for what should be a basic human right, the provision of clean air in every classroom in every educational setting. The fact that the Government have provided the extra purifiers shows that it recognises the problem but with over 300,000 classrooms in England it has failed to provide an effective solution.   

"It is hard to see how Ofsted will function without the services of serving head teachers. Rather than limping along, Ofsted should suspend all inspections other than safeguarding concerns. Given the current, sky-high rates of infection, every school will be significantly affected by Covid. The focus should be on the essential aim of providing education continuity for as many pupils as possible, not on jumping through Ofsted hoops."



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