Coronavirus: “Lots of Logic” to Allow Younger Students to Return First, Says Ofsted Chief Inspector | Political News


The Ofsted chief inspector told Sky News that it makes “a lot of sense” to allow young children to go back to school first, as the UK lockout is relaxed.

Amanda Spielman told Sky News Sunday that the interests of the children were “best served” by “going back to school as soon as possible” after coronavirus restrictions are beginning to be lifted.

Schools in the UK have been closed due to COVID-19[female[feminine – except for the presence of children of key workers – since March 20, but Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told MEPs that the government planned to reopen it “gradually” once the UK left a full lockout.

Although Ms. Spielman said returning from schools should be weighed against the possible impact on the NHS, she added, “If you look at the interests of children, it is very clear that their interests are best served – in the vast majority of cases – by being back to school as soon as possible. “

She also suggested that young children be the first to be sent back to class.

“It makes a lot of sense to target young children,” she said.

“We know it is very important to be normal for children and the younger the child, the more they need this simple, structured routine where they understand what is going on. And it’s hard for them to go to school one day and not two more weeks.

“So I fully recognize and see the logic of it all.

“I also think there is logic from the parents’ point of view; the youngest are those most in need of care and supervision.

“It is more difficult for parents to work and all the other things they have to do if they are also caring, perhaps, for several younger children at the same time and trying to make sure that they are working remotely at school. “

Spielman added that there are “encouraging signs” that children are “somewhat less sensitive” to the coronavirus and “seem less likely to transmit” the disease.

But, asking if the kids could go to school a day or weeks on the initial lifting of the lockdowns, Ms. Spielman said that “there doesn’t seem to be an obvious answer” to how the schools could reopen.

She also admitted that parents, teachers and other school staff need to be “reassured” about the reopening of schools.

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This comes after an Opinium poll for The Observer found that only 17% of people think the conditions have been met to consider reopening schools, compared to 67% who say they haven’t been and that they should remain closed.

Spielman warned that there was “largely invisible” harm to children from being out of school, including widening achievement gaps among students.

“We do not need to measure precisely which children are disadvantaged, it is very clear that many are disadvantaged,” she said.

Spielman also warned of a backlog of referrals to social services due to the closure of schools for weeks.

“Schools most often refer to local authorities and other services of all kinds,” she said.

“Obviously, because most children are not in school, these referrals do not happen – the numbers are dropping dramatically.

“So many children are not referred or are not receiving the services they absolutely need. “


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