The government reiterated on Tuesday that the situation at each school is different and that if a principal does not feel able to open next month, he should “discuss the options” with his local authority or confidence.
Dame Angela McLean, Deputy Chief Science Advisor, appeared to confirm that a decision to reopen the schools would be made on Wednesday. However, in a marked departure from government policy, she also said that schools should not reopen until the tracking and tracing system is operational.
She said, “Scientists have been very clear in our advice that the lockout changes, as we have modeled them, require a very effective tracking, tracing and isolation system.
“We are also very clear that any change in social distancing measures should be based on the observed levels of incidents in places that are going to change, not on a fixed date. “
It also emerged on Tuesday that one of the bosses of the NEU had admitted that his radical position was only a “negotiating position” after the government excluded the union from the decision-making process. Dr. Mary Bousted, the union’s joint secretary general, said that although her “public” position was that she did not commit to plans to reopen schools on June 1, that could change in the future.
At the same time, Courtney said that as part of an “escalation process”, the NEU would “threaten” to denounce and shame the social media managers who he said were “putting lives on the line.” danger”.
Speaking to NEU officers by videoconference at a meeting last Thursday, Dr. Bousted said, “I will trust you to keep what is obviously going to be confidential, confidential. We have to be careful if we want to tell you what’s going on; we must trust you not to spill the beans when it is clearly a negotiating position. “
Images of the meeting have been posted on the NEU YouTube channel.
Dr Bousted told NEU leaders that the union’s position is currently supported by parents, but warned that it could not count forever.