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Government scraps plans to reopen primary schools in major U-turn

by LLB Politics Reporter
9th Jun 20 9:27 am

The government have dropped plans to reopen all primary schools and have left it up to school governors if they wish to open.

On Monday’s Downing street press briefing Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the government needs to “work out” how to reopen schools fully, and it will “require ingenuity.”

Gavin Williamson the Education Secretary is set to deliver a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday over schools to fully reopen.

National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said, if the plans are confirmed, they will be “pleased to see the government will not force the impossible.”

The NAHT previously said sending all pupils back to school will present “unsolvable practical barriers if the hierarchies of control are to be maintained.”

Adding, “Schools will continue to use their flexibilities intelligently to deliver the very best for all their pupils in their schools.”

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, shadow Education Secretary, also welcomed the move, she said, “For weeks headteachers, education unions, school staff and many parents have stated that the plans to open whole schools before the summer could compromise any safety measures a school had been able to implement with reduced pupil numbers.

“The government must now give answers on what resources it will provide to adequately support home learning, from the provision of digital devices to all pupils who need one through to targeted online tuition.”

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