Government Phase 2 Recovery Road Map – Reopening of schools

Baskar Sundaram
Baskar Sundaram

Government Phase 2 Recovery Road Map – Reopening of schools

The Prime Minister confirmed that the UK is set to move to Phase 2 of recovery. There will be a phased reopening of schools, in line with the approach of many other countries. The priority is to get children back into the classroom. Early years, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will return on 1st June. On 15th June secondary schools will provide a contact for Year 10 and Year 12 students to help them prepare for exams next year. The Government is adopting a deliberately cautious approach and has been in consultation with unions, schools, and teachers, led by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

The Government will continue to work with the Education sector so that teachers and parents can plan for schools to reopen a week on Monday. The Government will publish detailed guidance to set out a range of protective measures to keep children and staff safe which will include: smaller classes; staggered breaks, lunch times, drop offs, and pick-ups; increased frequency of cleaning; less shared items; and utilising outdoor space. All children, families and staff will have access to testing.

The Government will continue to support the Education sector to prepare for wider opening and to make sure that children receive the best care and education possible.

The slides and data from this afternoon’s briefing can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/slides-and-datasets-to-accompany-coronavirus-press-conference-24-may-2020

Government Updates

Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June

A planning guide for early years providers, in England, to help prepare them to open their settings for all children from 1 June 2020.

Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june 

Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/financial-support-for-voluntary-community-and-social-enterprise-vcse-organisations-to-respond-to-coronavirus-covid-19 

Transport Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 23 May 2020

Further funding to protect and increase transport services, level up infrastructure and regenerate local economies after the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/transport-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-23-may-2020 

Reopening High Streets Safely Fund guidance

Guidance to help local authorities and partners to deliver activities supported through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reopening-high-streets-safely-fund-guidance 

£50 million boost to support the recovery of our high streets

The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures in a move to get people back to work and customers back to the shops.

Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/50-million-boost-to-support-the-recovery-of-our-high-streets 

6000 new supported homes as part of landmark commitment to end rough sleeping

Radical plans to provide thousands of long-term, safe homes for vulnerable rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic.

Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/6000-new-supported-homes-as-part-of-landmark-commitment-to-end-rough-sleeping 

UK Government announces three more charter flights for British travellers

Further special charter flights from Nigeria will return British travellers to the UK.

Gov UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-announces-three-more-charter-flights-for-british-travellers 

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