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UK News Government changed school reopening plans 41 times, teaching union head claims

16:10  31 may  2020
16:10  31 may  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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The government reportedly changed its plans to reopen schools 41 times, according to the head of a teachers union.

Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 are preparing to return to full-time education despite warnings from teachers and public figures about the challenges posed by social distancing in primary schools.

But Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), has urged the government to rethink the planned reopening.

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Bousted told the Sophy Ridge show on Sky News on Sunday that children should instead return to school on June 15 when the infection rate should be lower.

"The Government's plans on reopening schools since they were first produced on May 12 have been changed 41 times,” Bousted said, “And that's because they've constantly had to be revised as things they have forgotten, things they didn't know, and things they got wrong had to be added in.

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The government will make its decision on the reopening of schools just four days before the planned starting date, a teaching union has claimed . Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said teachers wanted more clarification on whether schools are centres of transmission.

The decision came after teaching unions and council leaders spoke out about safety concerns. It comes as a new poll, conducted by the National Association of Head Teachers , found that nine out However an education union today urged the government to "draw back" from reopening schools

"That's hugely added to the stresses of school leaders and teachers, because we have a Government simply who they think is just making it up as it goes along."

a woman walking down the street: Embargoed to 0001 Sunday May 17 File photo dated 13/03/20 of children leaving a school. The Scottish Government has been accused of failing children with additional support needs as figures showed the number of specialist teachers has fallen by more than 1,000 over the last decade. Embargoed to 0001 Sunday May 17 File photo dated 13/03/20 of children leaving a school. The Scottish Government has been accused of failing children with additional support needs as figures showed the number of specialist teachers has fallen by more than 1,000 over the last decade.

She added the Government's latest plans have "given up on social distancing in schools" by favouring "cohort distancing" where children are taught in groups of 15 by one teacher.

She warned: "Those children live in families who from tomorrow will be able to go out and socialise with six other people.

"We're asking them (the teachers) without PPE and without social distancing to go into schools, at a time when the rate of infection is still the fifth highest incidence in the world.

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a group of people in a room: Children of essential workers socially distance whilst in lesson at Kempsey Primary School in Worcester. Nursery and primary pupils could return to classes from June 1 following the announcement of plans for a phased reopening of schools. © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Children of essential workers socially distance whilst in lesson at Kempsey Primary School in Worcester. Nursery and primary pupils could return to classes from June 1 following the announcement of plans for a phased reopening of schools.

"And at a time when there is not a fully functioning test, trace and isolate system in place."

Members of Sage, the Government's scientific advisory body, including Professor Peter Horby, have voiced a similar opinion to Bousted.

Prof Horby, chair of the New Emergency Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), along with fellow Sage scientists Sir Jeremy Farrar and Professor John Edmunds, said ministers are taking a risk by easing lockdown restrictions on Monday.

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