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
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