UK coronavirus live: not all primary school children will go back before summer

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7.55am BST

Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield has this morning aid the Government should look at what Wales is doing regarding schools.

She told BBC Breakfast:

First of all, when we look at Wales, they’re running a very different model where actually children are coming into school for a third of the week before the summer, which I think is interesting and Government should look at.

And the other is that children will still need to learn during this period and there will need to be mitigation to compensate for the fact they’re not in school through online learning but also potentially catch up and summer camps to help them emotionally.

We’ve seen the great things that can be achieved when everyone puts their mind to it – you know the job scheme, the business continuity scheme, the Nightingale hospitals.

It’s of this scale of challenge, and it’s this level of determination that I think Government now really needs to focus on.

7.51am BST

We’re getting more reactions to the news that ministers look set to abandon plans for all primary school children to return to classrooms before the academic year is out.

Ian Robinson, chief executive of the Oak Partnership Trust which runs three primary schools and a special school in Taunton, Somerset, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

I do welcome this announcement that is hopefully going to be made today.

It demonstrates that the Secretary of State and the Department for Education are listening to the profession – I believe they have listened to the profession and this is a really positive step forward.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: UK coronavirus live: not all primary school children will go back before summer ———

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