Is the government about to abandon plans to reopen schools on June 1 due to strong union reaction?


Boris Johnson’s ambition to reopen primary schools on June 1 could be canceled due to massive dissension by teachers, unions and a growing number of labor councils, it was revealed today.

Prime Minister’s spokesman said government “would listen to security concerns” and insisted that opening schools in 12 days should not be a “strict deadline” but only part of a ” road map “out of isolation.

A NASUWT teachers’ union survey suggested that only 5% of teachers think it will be safer for more students to return to school next month.

In a letter to the Secretary of Education, Patrick Roach, Secretary General of NASUWT, said that the union was still not convinced that a wider reopening of schools from June 1 was “appropriate or achievable” .

The survey, of nearly 29,000 NASUWT members across England, found that about nine out of 10 teachers think that social distancing will be impossible, or will cause major problems, and a similar proportion is not convinced that the proposed measures will protect their health or that of children. students.

It also found that 87% of teachers believe that PPE is essential to protect staff from the virus.

Labor council phalanx pledged to “resist” school plan for Johnson, former party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at National Education Union (NEU) rally tomorrow to state that it is not safe to return to schools early next month. But the party’s new boss, Sir Keir Starmer, has yet to unveil the issue.

Government wants gradual reopening from June 1, with reception, 1st and 6th graders coming back first as row wonders if it is safe with Education Gavin Williamson insisting that kids return at school on this date is vital for their development and prospects so that teachers “do their homework”.

But Dr. Roach said today, “The results of our investigation underscore the fact that the government has so far failed to gain teachers’ confidence in the safety of reopening schools.

“It is now imperative that the government take every opportunity to provide the necessary assurances that teachers are looking for.”

This morning, John Edmunds, professor of infectious disease modeling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and influential member of the SAGE committee, told the House of Lords Scientific and Technological Committee: “It seems that the risk to the children are weak, and the vast majority have no significant symptoms ”.

And the lead doctor for the World Health Organization, Dr. David Nabarro, supported the gradual return of schoolchildren, saying, “There will be risks, but it’s about balancing the risks. You don’t want the kids to stay at home and miss school for a long time. “

Millions of children across Europe, including France, returned to school this month without any major spikes in coronavirus cases.

Children now work at separate positions at Kempsey Elementary School in Worcester, but many schools are not expected to open more fully on June 1, as boards, teachers and unions refused to support the plan.

Children now work at separate workstations at Kempsey Elementary School in Worcester, but many schools are not expected to open more fully on June 1 as boards, teachers and unions refused to support the plan.

Holywell Village First School in Northumberland Revealed Plans for Social Distancing When Schools Reopen After Lockout

Holywell Village First School in Northumberland Unveiled Plans for Social Distancing When Schools Reopen After Lockout

“Large numbers” of children as young as 11 could be seized by county drug gangs if school is closed until September

Young teens could be recruited “in large numbers” by county drug gangs if high schools do not fully open before September, said a police and crime commissioner.

West Midlands labor commissioner David Jamieson, who is also a former teacher, added that youth between the ages of 11 and 14 could be “swept” by criminals because they are not in school.

The government has said it wants some elementary school students to resume classes “as soon as possible” by June 1, and “face-to-face support” for high school students in grades 10 and 12, who must taking exams.

Jamieson, speaking at the regional police and crime strategy office on Tuesday, said he was also concerned that young men who could be out of work after their leave ended, would fall into crime.

Turning to the reopening of some schools in England from June, he said: “I welcome the reopening, as long as it is safe to do so.

“But I fear that a group of children has not been mentioned, namely children in the first years of secondary school, aged 11 to 14.

“When they were seven, eight, and nine, they didn’t plan to go back to school until September.

“Now, this worries me deeply – a lot of younger children, those who are more likely to be gang-swept and taken to the county limits to get into all kinds of other things, things very undesirable.

“These children will be available for these criminals to take.

“I think the government must examine this matter urgently.

“That if the schools are going to reopen, there will also need ongoing training for these young adolescents.

“It could be planning for good quality distance education or spending time in school so that they stay in touch with their studies.”

He added, “Once these kids are out of the discipline of getting up in the morning, getting the job done and the pace of being in school.

“By September, or even beyond, as we hear, it can be very difficult to do this again, especially I think for young boys. “

Union leaders asked teachers to demand detailed responses to at least 169 questions from their bosses on issues such as garbage can covers, advice on coronaviruses and the use of additional staff to clean brushes, scissors and glue sticks before agreeing to return to school, it was revealed today. .

The National Education Union also told its 450,000 members to stop marking work and keep online tuition fees to a minimum for all children still at home and not to try distance education. they feel uncomfortable after going back to class next month. .

The gigantic NEU request list includes mapped locations of lidded bins in classrooms and around the school, comprehensive health and safety risk assessments for leaving doors and windows open during education and also asks: “What are the arrangements in place for each class to be supplied with fabrics?” ‘.

Other questions from NEU include: “Have families been asked to provide bottled water?” and suggests grilling the bosses to hire more staff specifically to wash “paint, glue and cut before and after use” in classrooms and an official policy on how often students will be asked to catch a cough and sneeze with a tissue or an elbow.

The NEU safety checklist has been praised by many teachers, but critics have said the 22-page document was a “barrier” to reopening primary schools in England from June 1, as it seems impossible answer all questions before that date and could scare school leaders who fear their own staff could bring them to justice.

Richard Marshall, the Learning and Development Union organizer, tweeted last night that the number of “unanswered” questions from its 450,000 members was more than 1,000, to which an elementary school teacher replied, “I can answer most of them with just one sentence – use common sense bl ** dy “.

Today, a growing list of boards have told their principals not to reopen on June 1, with Brighton and Hove, Calderdale, Solihull, Slough and Teesside joining Stockport, Bury, Liverpool, Wirral and Hartlepool, despite the reopening schools successfully in 22 European states this month. without major coronavirus peak.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair supported back-to-school calls last night, saying some children were not receiving an education, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson insisting that children return to school as soon as possible is vital for their development and prospects.

MailOnline may reveal that some parents who want to send their children back to school so they can return to work have been castigated by teachers who claim to be “hung up to dry” by the government.

As millions waited to find out if their children would go back to school on Monday, it also emerged:

  • British teachers are now invited to follow the example of their French counterparts by returning to work and more than 1.4 million children have returned to class after two months in detention;
  • Former Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke and supported Boris Johnson’s calls for students to return to school, claiming that some children were uneducated;
  • Some schools have already excluded opening hours and those that plan to cut class sizes in half to 15, clean tables and toys, and stagger lunch breaks;
  • Seven councils, mostly from Labor-led authorities like Bury in the north-west, have already ruled out reopening the schools in time while Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham warned last night: “I worry , it’s too early”;

Scroll down to see all the questions unions want to answer before June 1.

Schoolchildren wearing protective masks and face shields back to class at Claude Debussy College in Angers, France, where 1.4 million young people are back in class

Schoolchildren wearing protective masks and face shields back to class at Claude Debussy College in Angers, France, where 1.4 million young people are back in class

Teaching assistant Sarah Yates taps the floor to define a 2-meter line around the teacher's workspace in Huddersfield as unions ask for answers to hundreds of questions before teachers return

Teaching assistant Sarah Yates taps the floor to define a 2-meter line around the teacher’s workspace in Huddersfield as unions ask hundreds of questions for answers before teachers return

Answers to questions about the location of garbage cans, staff to wash brushes and scissors and counselors for staff and children because locking has been requested

Answers to questions about the location of garbage cans, staff to wash brushes and scissors and counselors for staff and children because locking has been requested

How most union-led councils refused to obey government and open elementary schools on June 1

Brighton and Hove (Work)

Slough (work)

Teesside (work)

Solihull (preservative)

Stockport (Work)

Bury (Work)

Liverpool (Labor)

Hartlepool (Work)

Wirrall (Work)

Calderdale (Work)

Union leaders told teachers it would be “unsafe to mark children’s books.” The National Education Union says schools should make it clear that no tagging should take place due to the risk of coronavirus.

He also said that library books should be regularly disinfected as part of a “workplace checklist” for primaries.

Referring to his 22-page checklist, he says, “The starting point for each component of the checklist is that it is checked NO until you and your colleagues determine that it can be checked. YES.

“School staff will not be protected by social distancing rules and, in most cases, will not be offered personal protective equipment. If satisfactory responses are not provided in all areas, it will not be possible or safe to extend the opening until the concerns are addressed. “

Among the questions asked by the checklist are: “It will not be safe to mark children’s books during this time. Will clear instructions be given that no tagging should take place and that books should not be brought to and from home / school?

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said schools should return as soon as possible.

Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, co-leaders of the NEU teachers' union, spearheaded response to June 1 government reopening plans

Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, co-leaders of the NEU teachers’ union, spearheaded response to June 1 government reopening plans

Blair told BBC Newsnight, “If you look at all the best evidence and my institute has collected a lot of data on it, especially for young children, the risk of transmission is actually quite low.

“Private schools will have educated their children throughout this process.

“Parts of the state system will have been. But then there are children who have had no education. “

Bury’s council, led by the unions, announced yesterday that it would reject the government’s schedule to send the children back to school, saying they made the decision after public consultation. But it was later revealed that the public consultation had more than 24 hours to take place.

The Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire has become the last local authority to advise schools against reopening on June 1 due to security concerns.

Councilor Tim Swift, Head of Council, said: “Education plays a crucial role in ensuring that children have a good start in life, laying the foundation for a long, healthy and fulfilling future.

“However, the board is concerned that government tests are currently not being met in Calderdale, and for this reason, we do not recommend that our schools open more widely on June 1. “

Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden has refused to rule out sanctions for town halls that refuse to reopen schools from June 1.

NEU calls instead for strict two-meter social distance measures to remain in place - as is done in other workplaces

The planning document also includes a 20-page safety checklist, written jointly with the unions, Unite, Unison and GMB, which he will encourage members to consult with employers before returning to schools.

Rather, the NEU is calling for strict two-meter social distance measures to remain in place – as is done in other workplaces. The planning document also includes a 20-page safety checklist, developed jointly with the unions, Unite, Unison and GMB, which he will encourage members to consult with employers before returning to schools.

Pictured is a summary of checklist questions that representatives must answer

“Health and safety representatives have the legal right to be consulted on the risk assessment and future changes,” said the document. The photo on the right is a summary of the questions on the checklist that representatives must answer, including: “Are you satisfied with the cleaning and hygiene arrangements that will work from the start of the extended opening?”

Other steps in summarizing checklist questions for representatives to answer

Questions to ask representatives on site preparation

In the photo on the left, you will find other steps in the summary of questions on the checklist that representatives must answer. Here are the questions that representatives should ask about site preparation

“Representatives need to be assured of the systems that the school head can implement. Without these assurances, there can be no

DfE's main suggestion is to use one-way lanes

“Representatives need to be confident of the systems that the school head can implement. Without these assurances, there can be no “expectation” of staff or parents, “the document said.

The DfE asks the school heads to undertake an audit of the number of available staff, both teaching and support staff

“Are you convinced that a safe environment can be maintained once the school starts to open more widely?

The DfE asks the school heads to undertake an audit of the number of employees available, both teaching and support staff

`` The DfE advises that the next step is to determine how to welcome eligible pupils, if they all come to school, by calculating for a maximum group size of 15 in general and assuming that all the children will come every days all day and that teaching assistants will be assigned to lead a group in the event of a teacher shortage. Joint unions oppose these assumptions

The document states: “The planning guide is self-explanatory:” Unlike older children and adults, young children and children of primary age cannot be required to stay within 2 meters of each other and staff “

Unions asked more than 100 questions to a school head, whom he described as a safety checklist

Unions asked more than 100 questions to a school head, whom he described as a safety checklist

Unions asked more than 100 school principals questions, which he described as a safety checklist

Unions asked more than 100 questions to a school head, whom he described as a safety checklist

Unions asked more than 100 questions to a school head, whom he described as a safety checklist

Unions asked more than 100 school principals questions, which he described as a safety checklist

Heads of schools are advised to contact parents so that they know who is eligible for school and when and what measures will be in place to “make school a low-risk place for their child

Document advises on managing the well-being and mental health of students and staff

Representatives are advised to ask if individual student risk assessments will be in place for all students who “demonstrate anti-social behavior, such as biting, before a decision is made.”

Document addresses distance education when schools open more widely

The workplace checklist tells representatives to ask what advice will be given to staff on how to support children – and will visitors receive PPE if necessary

The 169+ questions that unions asked schools to answer if they were to reopen on June 1

Will soap and preferably hot water be available at all times, with systems in place to ensure continuity of soap and disinfectant supply?

How will the school ensure that arriving children and staff can safely line up, 2 meters apart, to access the disinfectant upon arrival?

Will staffing levels (and PPE) allow enough staff to be recruited to assist special school students who cannot do so independently?

Are lid bins available in each class? Unless pedal operated, the covers should be regularly disinfected throughout the day. How will it happen? Who will empty them during the day?

What provisions are in place for each class to be supplied with handkerchiefs?

Will staff and children wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water on arrival, before departure, and regularly throughout the day, including before and after each break and l time for lunch, and how will it be supervised and controlled?

Will students be reminded regularly to catch coughs and sneezes with a tissue or an elbow?

Will appropriate PPE be provided in schools where students are unable or less able to catch their sneezing and coughing?

Will hand dryers be disconnected and replaced with paper towels and trash cans?

Will the drinking fountains be taken out of service?

Will only rooms with windows that can be left open be used?

Will the doors remain open as much as possible to facilitate ventilation?

Will separate risk assessments take place in classes where leaving a door open will expose children to additional risks (eg runners)?

Will air conditioning systems not be used unless it can be confirmed that there is no additional risk?

Will all areas of the premises be thoroughly cleaned daily, with particular emphasis on areas affected by multiple people such as photocopiers, doorknobs, table / counter tops, computers, including the mouse and keyboard, telephone switches, chairs, banners, shared learning resources or toys, specialized equipment for SEND students, toilets and toilet handles, sinks, faucets and other regularly affected areas, with additional cleaning during day if necessary?

Will each class receive gloves and a disinfectant spray in case a student coughs or sneezes on a piece of equipment?

Do cleaning staff have the capacity to meet these requirements?

Will a one-way system be introduced? If not, why is it not necessary?

What arrangements are made for safe movement on stairs?

What provisions are in place for the use of elevators – can social distancing be achieved if a staff member travels in the elevator with a child?

How will staff and children be informed of the new arrangements, especially for very young children and those with special needs?

Who will control that the systems are respected? Will a staff member be on duty at all times?

Are there other steps needed in the hallways, such as floor markings or removal of furniture or students walking in single file without holding hands?

Are there provisions for the movement of students in the school who may need additional help from an adult?

How will students and staff be separated by 2 meters, even with these arrangements?

What measures are proposed around access to students’ toilets to avoid overcrowding during lessons and breaks?

What signage will be posted to support these new systems? Since the classes will be divided, how can resources be divided into two classes in practice?

Des ressources supplémentaires seront-elles nécessaires pour garantir que les deux classes ont ce dont elles ont besoin?

Comment les jeunes enfants seront-ils enseignés (accueil en particulier et garderie) sans ressources physiques?

Êtes-vous satisfait des accords de rotation proposés?

Vous a-t-on donné l’assurance qu’il y aura toujours un chef / adjoint, un secouriste, un responsable désigné de la sauvegarde (DSL), SENCO, un concierge et un personnel de nettoyage suffisant en permanence?

Êtes-vous convaincu que la cohérence peut être assurée pour minimiser les mouvements de personnel entre les classes?

A-t-il été confirmé qu’un personnel de nettoyage suffisant sera engagé pour permettre les niveaux de nettoyage améliorés requis?

Vous a-t-on donné l’assurance que le personnel non-nettoyeur ne devrait pas entreprendre de travaux de nettoyage?

Le site a-t-il été mesuré pour déterminer la capacité maximale et la proportion d’élèves pouvant être accueillis pour permettre une distance de sécurité? (Cela doit adopter une approche prudente en ce qui concerne la disponibilité du personnel, en tenant compte de ceux qui doivent travailler à domicile parce qu’ils sont vulnérables ou peuvent avoir besoin de s’isoler eux-mêmes et des niveaux d’absence futurs probables.)

Est-il clair pour tout le personnel et les parents que seuls le personnel en bonne santé et les élèves qui ne présentent pas de symptômes et qui n’ont pas besoin de s’isoler peuvent fréquenter l’école?

Est-il clair que le personnel enceinte et ceux qui ont des problèmes de santé sous-jacents qui les rendent vulnérables, ou qui vivent avec ou prennent soin de membres vulnérables ou de protection des ménages ou de plus de 70 ans sont autorisés à continuer de travailler à domicile? Le DfE conseille que si le personnel «vulnérable» par opposition au personnel «extrêmement vulnérable» ne peut pas travailler à domicile «il devrait se voir offrir les rôles les plus sûrs disponibles sur place», également qu’un membre du personnel qui vit avec une personne vulnérable peut assister au travail . Les syndicats communs ne sont pas d’accord, les deux devraient être autorisés à travailler à domicile.

Les risques pour le personnel noir ont-ils été évalués lors de la planification des rotations? Les preuves du Bureau des statistiques nationales montrent un impact plus important de Covid-19 sur les communautés noires avec un nombre disproportionné de décès enregistrés. Le Guide de planification DfE ne résout pas ce problème.

Les parents seront-ils informés que l’école ne peut garantir de garder leurs enfants éloignés socialement, avec un soutien pour les parents afin d’évaluer les risques pour eux-mêmes et les autres membres de la famille d’envoyer leur enfant à l’école?

Quelles sont les dispositions en place pour une introduction sûre du nouveau personnel au cours de cette période?

Le personnel de restauration a-t-il été impliqué dans les discussions sur la façon dont les repas seront servis et y a-t-il suffisamment de personnel de restauration et de supervision pour le déjeuner pour s’assurer que les enfants peuvent manger en toute sécurité leur déjeuner?

Existe-t-il une procédure pour fermer l’école ou le collège dans un court délai si les niveaux de dotation tombent à des niveaux où la sécurité ne peut être assurée?

L’école fermera-t-elle si l’un de ces employés clés n’est pas disponible? Étant donné que la distanciation sociale est attendue dans tous les autres domaines de la société, il est inacceptable que le gouvernement s’attende à ce que les écoles ouvrent sans les protections recommandées pour d’autres environnements, par exemple les magasins et les transports publics. Que propose-t-on pour résoudre ce problème?

Lorsqu’il existe un risque de contamination par l’air, car la distance sociale ne peut pas être facilement respectée, en particulier lorsque le personnel risque de cracher ou de mordre et lorsque les élèves sont incapables d’attraper ou de contrôler la toux et les éternuements, les syndicats pensent que l’EPI doit être fourni. et formation dispensée sur son utilisation et son élimination. Will it happen?

L’EPI sera-t-il disponible pour les situations d’urgence, par exemple lorsqu’un élève développe des symptômes pendant la journée scolaire et attend sa collecte?

Quelles assurances peut-on donner sur les modalités sécurisées d’approvisionnement en EPI?

Peut-on confirmer que si un membre du personnel souhaite porter un couvre-visage, il ne sera pas empêché de le faire?

Combien d’élèves chaque salle de classe peut-elle accueillir en toute sécurité pour s’assurer qu’eux-mêmes et le personnel restent à 2 mètres l’un de l’autre à l’entrée et au départ et pendant la leçon? Cela doit tenir compte des effectifs supplémentaires dans les classes avec des élèves SEND qui bénéficient d’un soutien individuel pour les adultes. Le nombre total de personnes dans une classe devrait être la mesure.

Quels domaines sont sûrs à utiliser à des fins différentes de celles habituelles pour favoriser la distanciation sociale?

L’école propose-t-elle d’avoir 15 enfants par classe? La position commune des syndicats est que l’on ne peut pas s’attendre à ce que le personnel supervise 15 enfants en toute sécurité et veille à ce qu’ils se distancient socialement.

A-t-on tenu compte du fait que certains membres du personnel, en particulier du personnel de soutien, travaillent normalement à proximité des élèves et comment ce travail peut se poursuivre en toute sécurité?

Y aura-t-il suffisamment de personnel disponible au début de la journée (et capable de prendre des distances sociales) pour aider les enfants à venir à l’école si nécessaire (jeunes enfants / enfants avec SEND / anxiété, etc.)?

Comment fonctionneront les temps de pause pour assurer la distanciation sociale?

Que se passera-t-il par temps humide à la pause et à l’heure du déjeuner?

Quelles dispositions sont en place pour garantir que les repas peuvent être préparés et servis en toute sécurité?

Comment les autres visiteurs non autorisés seront-ils tenus à l’écart?

Ha-t-on dit aux familles de fournir des bouteilles d’eau?

Comment fonctionneront les pauses pour le personnel? Les assemblées et la réunion d’autres grands groupes, à la fois le personnel et les élèves, ont-elles été suspendues

Existe-t-il un système pour isoler les enfants qui développent des symptômes pendant la journée, en attendant d’être ramassés?

Tout le personnel sera-t-il renvoyé chez lui dès qu’il signalera des symptômes pendant la journée scolaire et des dispositions seront-elles en place pour fournir une couverture si nécessaire?

Les visites hors site ont-elles été suspendues?

Quels sont les plans pour garantir que le personnel puisse se rendre en toute sécurité à l’école et en revenir?

Pour ceux qui n’ont pas de voiture et ne peuvent pas marcher ou faire du vélo, comment peuvent-ils se rendre en toute sécurité à l’école, lorsque l’utilisation des transports en commun est déconseillée? (remarque: l’autopartage autre qu’entre membres d’un même ménage ne devrait pas se produire). Un plan de voyage sûr pour chaque membre du personnel doit être convenu.

Lorsque le transport scolaire fonctionne dans des circonstances normales, comment fonctionnera-t-il à ce stade, garantissant une distanciation sociale et des dispositions d’hygiène?

Will individual risk assessments and discussion with parents/carers have taken place and been agreed by the date when extended opening begins, to ensure that any provision required by a child in order to attend school is safely in place?

Where LAs cannot, despite ‘best endeavours’ provide the support listed in an EHC plan can pupil safety in school be guaranteed? Eg behaviour support.

Will there be clear guidelines on entry to school about the procedures in place for essential visitors from external agencies visiting pupils at the school (eg educational psychologists, child and adult mental health services (CAMHS), behavioural support, advisory teachers etc)?

Will there be social distancing measures in place for visitors from external support agencies visiting pupils at school?

Will visitors working closely with pupils be offered PPE where necessary?

If LAs cannot provide additional trauma support for pupils can another provider be quality assured and risk assessed in time for when the school beings to open more widely?

Will guidance and training be provided for staff to ensure they understand, and can enforce, the new routines and support pupils in understanding them and are familiar with revised physical arrangements, well in advance on when wider opening begins?

Will individual pupil risk assessments be in place for all pupils who exhibit anti-social behaviour, eg biting, before a decision is made about admitting them under the new arrangements?

Will compassionate and proportionate behaviour policies that protect health and safety, while also supporting pupils who may exhibit problematic behaviours as a response to trauma they may have experienced during lockdown, be in place by the time wider opening begins?

It will not be safe to mark children’s books during this period. Will clear instruction be given that no marking should take place and the books should not be taken to and from home/school?

Will staff be told to wash their hands before and after handling pupils’ books?

Will library books be regularly sanitised?

Some teaching assistants will be used to working in very close proximity to individual pupils, so how can this work continue in a safe manner?

Have parents been informed about new arrangements for drop off and pick up routines?

Have other regular visitors to the school, eg parent volunteers, been informed that they should not attend at this time?

Do essential contractors, including those who deliver food, understand how they may access the premises and what precautions are expected of them while they are on site?

Are catering staff aware of new safe working practices?

Will senior staff be visibly present around school during the day?

What arrangements will be put in place to ensure regular staff feedback on arrangements?

What guidance will be given to staff on how to support children?

What pastoral support services will be available?

Does the school recognise its duties under health and safety law to protect the mental as well as physical health of staff?

What plans are in place to ensure that this duty is applied?

What counselling services are available for staff and pupils who may need support?

How will the school monitor workload at this time to ensure a reasonable work/life balance for staff?

The DfE toolkit recommends that children should be taught not to touch their faces – how can this realistically be taught or monitored?

It is also recommended that resources for painting, sticking and cutting be washed before and after use – what additional staff resources will be allocated to these tasks, given that these materials are likely to be in constant use?

How will staff ensure that children do not share these resources?

How will staff be supported to teach outside their usual year group/key stage responsibility?

Has time been given for staff to work together to agree shared priorities for children’s learning?

Has time been identified for staff to work together to prepare teaching, particularly to adjust their teaching of practical lessons and of play-based curriculum without shared physical resources?

Has support been given to teaching assistants to prepare for supporting pupils?

How will staff maintain continuity of learning and support as pupils begin to return, but have additional periods of time away?

What arrangements will be in place for year groups not eligible to attend?

What arrangements will be in place for pupils with underlying health conditions who cannot attend when the rest of their year group may be in school?

How will the senior leadership team (SLT) ensure that any change in opening arrangements does not increase workload for staff whether working at home or at school?

In special schools, given the level of adult support required for pupils, what is a safe number of people to have in a classroom and how is this determined?

In special schools, where social distancing will be impossible, what measures are in place to protect staff and pupils?

To what extent can parents of SEND children be reassured that their child will still be working with, or have access to, their key worker/learning support assistant?

Is the school prepared to consider attendance on a rotational basis in order to reduce class sizes?

Can an assurance be given that teaching assistants, unless it is part of their normal role such as for higher level teaching assistant, will not be expected to lead classes?

Will supply teachers be brought in as necessary?

Will senior leaders be available to cover classes if needed?

Will parents be told not to bring their children to school if there is a shortage of staff for a particular class?

How does the school propose to ensure social distancing at the start and end of each school day?

If it is planned to undertake temperature checks, how will this be managed safely in terms of social distancing between the child and member of staff and to avoid queues building up?

What measures are in place to protect staff and pupils who may at times need to use physical interventions (in alternative provision (AP) and mainstream) to protect pupils from harming themselves or others? (They will clearly not be able to socially distance when doing this)

In AP what measures are in place to ensure that enough appropriately trained staff are on site to support pupils with behavioural issues to keep safe? How and what PPE will be used in this situation?

Is it practical to stagger arrival times, if so how?

How will parents be informed and the system monitored?

Is there sufficient staffing to monitor the safe arrival and departure of children at varying times?

How will overcrowding at the school gates or in the playground be prevented?

What will be expected of parents/carers in terms of social distancing and how will they be informed of arrangements?

Will parents/carers be instructed that they may not enter the premises other than in an emergency situation?

Will there be clear guidelines on entry to school about the procedures in place for essential visitors to the school?

Will there be social distancing measures in place for visitors to the school?

Will visitors working closely with pupils be offered PPE where necessary?

Blazenka Divjak, ministre de l’éducation de la Croatie, qui assure la présidence tournante de l’UE, a déclaré hier à ses collègues européens: « Nous n’avons rien entendu de négatif sur la réouverture des écoles, mais il est probablement trop tôt pour avoir des conclusions définitives ».

She noted at the video meeting that the schools had imposed “very high security conditions”, including smaller classrooms and very close cooperation with the ministries of health and the epidemiological services.

Tony Blair SUPPORTS Boris Johnson’s Plans To Reopen Schools

Many prominent figures in Britain, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair (photo), have called for the reopening of British schools because some children are uneducated.

De nombreuses personnalités importantes en Grande-Bretagne, dont l’ancien Premier ministre Tony Blair (photo), ont demandé la réouverture des écoles britanniques car certains enfants ne reçoivent aucune éducation.

Tony Blair a déclaré que l’administration de Boris Johnson avait raison d’ouvrir à nouveau des écoles.

Les plans du Premier ministre pour commencer à renvoyer les enfants à l’école le mois prochain ont été attaqués par les syndicats d’enseignants et certaines autorités locales, les critiques affirmant qu’il est trop tôt pour lever les restrictions de verrouillage liées aux coronavirus.

M. Johnson, dans son allocution à la nation le 10 mai, a déclaré que les élèves de la première et de la sixième année seraient les premiers à rentrer, à partir du 1er juin « au plus tôt ».

In an interview with BBC Newsnight Monday evening, Blair said the government was respecting scientific advice by preparing schools to reopen.

« Ils ont raison, je pense, de rouvrir les écoles », a déclaré M. Blair.

I don’t think they would say that they’re putting school opening above health risks. What they do is base it on evidence, actually.

“There are countries that have reopened at least part of their school systems.

« Si vous regardez toutes les meilleures preuves et encore une fois, mes instituts ont rassemblé beaucoup de données différentes à ce sujet, c’est, en particulier pour les jeunes enfants, que les risques de transmission sont en fait assez faibles. “

She stressed that the results should “be treated with caution” as the return to normal life was in its very early stages.

Les responsables britanniques disent espérer que les preuves provenant d’autres pays rassureront les enseignants.

Une source du ministère de l’Éducation a déclaré: «Nous avons examiné de près les exemples internationaux lors de l’élaboration de nos plans de retour progressif.

« Ces premiers résultats des pays européens sont encourageants et suggèrent que notre approche tout aussi prudente minimisera le risque de transmission. “

Le professeur Van-Tam a déclaré que les enfants n’étaient pas des «émetteurs à haut rendement» de Covid-19.

After querying the science behind the reopening decision, union bosses last week had a private audience with Chief Medical officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.

The NEU came away from the meeting saying its views were unchanged.

Eight of his predecessors have backed reopenings and the Church of England said further delays could ‘affect the mental, spiritual, physical and social wellbeing of children’.

The bosses of 22 academy trusts have also warned how delays to reopening could cause irreparable damage to vulnerable children.

In a letter to The Times, the group said: ‘Since the lockdown, schools have exercised outstanding civic leadership.

‘We have remained open for key workers’ children; kept vulnerable children safe; delivered food parcels; taught online lessons; and kept in contact with pupils.

‘But for any child, prolonged absence from school is concerning. Pour les élèves défavorisés, c’est calamiteux. If we do not take action and reopen schools soon, the impact of lost learning could be irreparable.’

Steve Chalke of the Oasis Trust, which has 35 primary schools and is planning to restart on schedule, said: ‘The Government published its advice on reopening. The unions countered with their five tests, which they said were designed to create the necessary confidence for parents and staff.

‘Now the NEU have set out questions for teachers to ask their bosses, adding that if satisfactory answers are not forthcoming in all areas, then it will not be feasible or safe to extend opening until concerns are met.

‘The Children’s Commission has told them to stop squabbling and agree a plan. I agree. As a school leader, at this moment of crisis I need – as do all parents – cooperation and conversation rather than endless confrontation and conflict.’

Former education secretary Lord Baker said: ‘Teachers should go back to working a full day on June 1. Home-learning is favouring the ‘haves’ and not the ‘have-nots’. Already two months of education have been lost and disadvantaged children will find it very challenging to catch up in a year – so, the sooner they return the better.’

The June 1 date applies only to England; schools in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are expected to go back later in the year.

Kevin Courtney, the NEU’s joint general secretary, said: ‘The checklist is detailed because there are so many considerations to take into account when dealing with a school situation, particularly as we are looking at our youngest children going back first.

‘Teachers and support staff will be responsible for ensuring safe practices are implemented, as young children will not be able to do so themselves. Les parents ne s’attendraient à rien de moins.

A DfE spokesman said: ‘We have engaged closely with the unions throughout the past eight weeks, including organising for them to hear directly from the scientific experts last week, and will continue to do so, including to develop further guidance if required.’

The French Government feared that children and their futures would be damaged without school for two months

The French Government feared that children and their futures would be damaged without school for two months

Students wait outside Cassignol College before returning and resuming classes in Bordeaux, France - any child over the age of 11 must wear a mask

Students wait outside Cassignol College before returning and resuming classes in Bordeaux, France – any child over the age of 11 must wear a mask

British teachers are being urged to follow the lead of their French counterparts by going back to work and getting more than 1.4million children into class after two months in lockdown.

Ministers across the Channel have revealed that they have had 70 cases of coronavirus in 40,000 schools and nurseries in the past 11 days and none of the children or staff are seriously ill.

It came as parents have been told that when English schools reopen children still at home are unlikely to get any more online learning materials until September, when it is hoped all pupils will return.

Emmanuel Macron’s government agreed to open schools with their militant union chiefs having declared the country’s children must not be ‘the collateral victims’ of the coronavirus crisis.

The success of the back to school policy in France has been put down to a range of safeguards, including strict social distancing and use of masks, and will be examined closely in the UK where the Government is in an almighty battle with teaching unions over reopening schools in England on June 1.

And across the 20-plus EU states where schools are open again there has been no spike in cases with experts saying there is only a small risk to teachers, children and their families.

The chaos in the education system means that millions of parents remain in the dark over whether their children in reception, year 1 and year 6 will returning to school in just 13 days time.

How has France got its children back into schools after lockdown?

In France, the Government has decided:

  • Masks are compulsory for all school children over the age of 11 – anyone below that doesn’t have to wear one but will be provided with them if parents want them – or if they start showing any symptoms of illness;
  • Classes are not allowed any more than 15 children and only one child per desk;
  • Any school with a single case of coronavirus is closed immediately, the person is isolated and the areas cleaned before reopening;

In France around a quarter of the nation’s school children have returned to class because they live in areas deemed less affected by the virus.

Il en va de même en Belgique, où les écoles primaires et secondaires ont été invitées à redémarrer des classes plus petites d’élèves de dernière année selon des règles strictes de distanciation sociale.

Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister of Education, said there have been 70 cases of coronavirus in around 50 schools since the reopening.

As a result, 70 schools have been closed to prevent further infection. “It shows that our measures are as strict as we have said,” he said.

Sept écoles ont dû fermer leurs portes dans la ville de Roubaix, dans le nord du pays, où un seul garçon a été infecté mais aurait été en contact avec des élèves d’autres écoles.

Il a également insisté sur le fait que les enfants qui avaient ramassé Covid-19 ne l’avaient pas attrapé dans les écoles, où des mesures de santé rigoureuses sont appliquées.

M. Blanquer a ajouté: « Il est absolument essentiel que nos enfants ne soient pas les victimes collatérales de problèmes de santé. “

Un document du ministère de l’éducation de 57 pages a été remis aux enseignants expliquant les règles de l’éloignement social.

Les 96 «  départements  », ou régions, du pays ont été initialement divisés en catégories verte, jaune ou rouge deux semaines avant que le verrouillage ne soit assoupli à travers la France le 11 mai.

By the time this date arrived, the yellow regions were assigned to a green or red category.

Les espaces verts ont été autorisés à rouvrir leurs écoles primaires le 11 mai, ainsi qu’à mettre fin à certaines autres restrictions de verrouillage, tandis que les zones rouges ont dû garder les écoles fermées.

Yesterday, around 185,000 middle school students from the green zones returned to class. Unlike nursery and primary schools, all staff and students must wear masks.

A girl wearing a face mask is pictured using hand gel from a vending machine upon her arrival at school in Austria

Une fille portant un masque facial est représentée à l’aide de gel pour les mains à partir d’un distributeur à son arrivée à l’école en Autriche

Schools in Denmark (photo) have reopened primary schools and kindergartens and the number of coronavirus cases is actually decreasing

Schools in Denmark (photo) have reopened primary schools and kindergartens and the number of coronavirus cases is actually decreasing

Germany has opened schools for their older children, some even taking exams like this biology course in Dortmund (above)

L’Allemagne a ouvert des écoles pour leurs enfants plus âgés, certains passant même des examens comme ce cours de biologie à Dortmund (ci-dessus)

Schools in Belgium (photo) have maintained strict social distancing guidelines in their classes

Schools in Belgium (photo) have maintained strict social distancing guidelines in their classes

La réouverture des écoles à travers l’Europe n’a pas provoqué de pic dans les cas de coronavirus. Les preuves provenant de 22 États de l’UE qui ont rétabli des classes suggèrent peu ou pas de risque pour les élèves, les enseignants ou les familles.

The revelation puts pressure on unions who refuse to return younger children from June 1. Le Syndicat national de l’éducation a même affirmé hier qu’il n’était pas sûr pour les enseignants de marquer les classeurs.

Mais une réunion de l’UE a appris que le retour progressif à l’école n’avait abouti à «rien de négatif».

Le Danemark a rouvert les écoles primaires et les crèches il y a un mois et a vu les taux d’infection continuer de baisser.

La Norvège, qui est en dehors de l’UE, a pris des mesures similaires sans augmentation.

Environ 1,4 million d’élèves français sont retournés en classe la semaine dernière et sur environ 40 000 écoles et crèches, seulement 70 ont été fermées à nouveau suite à des cas de virus.

L’Allemagne a rouvert les écoles pour les enfants plus âgés et prévoit de permettre aux groupes plus jeunes de revenir plus tard au cours de la session d’été.

Alan Smithers, professeur en éducation à l’Université de Buckingham, a déclaré: «Les syndicats ont demandé des preuves, et c’est tout.

“So they should start cooperating fully with the government so that our schools can reopen as soon as possible. “


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