Teaching unions to work with Government on re-opening of schools

Teaching unions to work with Government on re-opening of schools”

When asked by ITV News' Political Reporter Shehab Khan about what the R rate of infection number would have to reach for the government to reconsider its reopening of schools from June 1, Mr Williamson said that scientists had been consulted before the models were developed.

The position of Ms Longfield was that the United Kingdom needs to begin sending children back to school instead of relying on a vaccine for coronavirus which may never arrive.

Speaking at the government's daily briefing, Mr Williamson said: "There are some who would like to delay the wider opening of schools but there is a effect to this".

"It is very harmful for children and complicated for families if their children aren't in school", he told the Today programme.

It comes after teaching unions said they were willing to work with the government to begin to re-open schools in England - provided it could be done safely without the risk coronavirus could flare up again.

"We've been looking at workplace nurseries that have been in place for NHS staff since the beginning" she pointed out, sharing the view that there are many instances within the United Kingdom that show that schooling can happen in person on par with other countries in Europe that have started to unlock.

Mr Williamson added that his department has set up a "hierarchy of controls", insisting that people stay at home if they have coronavirus symptoms and that proper hand-washing, hygiene and cleaning routines would be put in place in schools.

NASUWT general secretary Patrick Roach said teachers want ‘unequivocal guidance’ from ministers
NASUWT general secretary Patrick Roach said teachers want ‘unequivocal guidance’ from ministers

The Scottish Government has already ruled out a return to school for pupils north of the border before the summer break. "That position has not changed nor will it".

"Class sizes are being kept low, not all school years are going back, so it is being done in a very cautious fashion".

"We have looked all across Europe to see how this best works", he added.

Dr Patrick Roach, basic secretary of the NASUWT, the instructors' union, claimed complying with journalism seminar: "It is quickly vital that the federal government takes every offered chance to offer the essential guarantees that instructors are looking for". On Friday the British Medical Association threw its weight behind unions which oppose the government's push to reopen schools in England, after the infection rate in the United Kingdom rose, potentially close to the point at which the virus starts spreading again.

"Together these measures will create an inherently safer system where the risk of transmission is substantially reduced for children, their teachers and also their families".

She said: "The model that's been adopted, the suggestion for younger children to go back to school, is not just because of the school environment but it's about the behaviours that go with it".

"And some of those social interactions are actually far more significant in moving the R value than just going back to school".

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