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Sector Response to removal of social distancing at schools from September

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@LaylaMoran and @MaryBoustedNEU respond to reports that social distancing rules will be relaxed in schools from September

Responding to reports that social distancing rules will be relaxed as part of plans to get all pupils back to school in September, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:

“We all want to be able to have pupils back at school in order to give them the education they need, but not until it is made safe.

“However, it is irresponsible for the Government to announce a change of tact on social distancing when they don’t know what the R rate will be in September. 

“Ministers must give reassurances that they will not rush through a decision which could see weaker safety measures in schools than in any other public spaces. 

“If the Government want people to have confidence that this is the right decision, they must publish the scientific modelling that backs it up.”

Commenting on reports that the Government will remove social distancing requirements in schools by September, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Leaks of proposals for school re-opening in September are not helpful. Schools and parents need to see from Government a clearly thought-out plan outlining the scientific reasoning behind a return for all pupils. This is essential to reassure families and school staff that whatever the return to school looks like it is as safe as possible for the whole school community.

“There will be serious challenges ahead and they need to be dealt with seriously. Head teachers need to have a clear idea of what they are planning for. It is essential that Government speaks to the teaching unions and education professionals to ensure we have a coherent strategy that is workable for September and includes planning for any second spikes or regional outbreaks that may occur.”



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