Schools 'May Not Open Until February'

6/12/2020 5:00:00 PM

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Children may not to be able return fully to school until February 2021 if re-opening doesn't take place as planned this September, a source close to the Government has claimed.

The source said:Hamid Patel, the executive director of the Star Academy group, has issued calls for urgent recognition from Government that while current social distancing measures remain, schools will simply not have the capacity for a full return in the autumn term.

In all schools, social distancing is likely to mean rotas for school attendance, with pupils not in school for the whole week.Because these smaller class sizes mean more classrooms are required, many primary schools have already been unable to bring back pupils due to lack of space.

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Wendy Golledge Associate Editor Children may not be able to return fully to school until February 2021 if re-opening doesn't take place as planned this September, a source close to the Government has claimed.: 11 Jun 2020, 17:52 Kids might not all go back to school until February as scientists fear making changes over winter, it is feared.I suppose I’m one of the lucky ones.Children might not return to school until February if they don't go back this September as planned, a source close to the Government claims.

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logEvent('player setup'); // Audience trackers AufVideo. However, earlier this week Matt Hancock admitted it was still uncertain they will be able to go back for September as planned. Am I concerned about social distancing and the chances of them getting ­coronavirus? Of course.GATracker.init(); // Video player configuration var playerOpts={ context: 'ESI', id: 'af_player5ee49a3881f3a9_88597916', logger: logger, startOnSight: false, shortUrl: '35/20180830/v541055_awesome-things-we-all-did-after-school-in-the-90s', stickTo: 'bottom-right', stickyBlockedDuration: '', fixWidth: false, videoId: 541055, }; playerOpts. And one official at the heart of coronavirus-making policy told The Spectator that the feared if schools were not opened by September then they could be pushed back into next year: "If Sage are this cautious going into summer, then they are not going to want to play fast and loose with the R number heading into winter.setup={ aspectRatio: '16:9', fluid: true, autoplay:"1", plugins: {}, techOrder: ['html5'], html5: { nativeTextTracks: false // https://github. I’ve been given a choice.com/videojs/video. "If schools don't open in September, we will have an ice age in terms of children's learning. It is said the two-metre social distancing rule could be scrapped by September so schools in England can fully reopen.

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init(player, adPlayer); if(adPublish) { PubSub.publish('player.ad.tag.ready'); } })(); Awesome things we all did after school in the '90s An official, said to be at the heart of coronavirus policy-making, has told the Spectator magazine that if the September return to school doesn't go to plan, children may not be permitted to return until the new year. But around one in eight say they will not reopen to more pupils from June 15 - the date the Government has called for some "face-to-face contact" for pupils with GCSE and A-level exams next year - as many cite concerns about the reproduction rate of coronavirus as their reason for staying shut.

The source said: 'If Sage are this cautious going into summer, then they are not going to want to be playing fast and loose with the R number heading into winter.' With academy leaders today saying that getting children back into education in the autumn terms is 'impossible' due to the 2m social distancing rule, a September return seems fraught with issues. Hamid Patel, the executive director of the Star Academy group, has issued calls for urgent recognition from Government that while current social distancing measures remain, schools will simply not have the capacity for a full return in the autumn term. Mr Patel called for a national plan to be put in place urgently, saying schools need a social distancing decision before plans can be made. He argues that as long as 2m distancing rules remain in place, no more than 50% of secondary pupils could attend school, and in some primaries it would be considerably lower. Already, primary schools in England have begun welcoming children in nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 back to the classroom.

In all schools, social distancing is likely to mean rotas for school attendance, with pupils not in school for the whole week. The government has stated that its current goal is for all pupils to return to their classrooms in September. Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted just this week it is still uncertain if that will happen. Primaries that have opened since 1 June are using a 'protective bubbles' system, with no more than 15 pupils per bubbles. Because these smaller class sizes mean more classrooms are required, many primary schools have already been unable to bring back pupils due to lack of space.uk and ONS Guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) says secondary schools and colleges should only have a quarter of pupils in at any one time to reduce transmission risks, and it advises schools to practise social distancing by keeping pupils two metres apart from each other where possible.

For secondary pupils, guidance calls for 2m distancing, which Mr Patel rejects as impossible. He says says a choice will have to be made around social distancing measures and the practical capacity available to schools, adding that 'open and honest discussions are needed' about what 'workable solutions' could be achieved. Mr Patel has joined growing calls for the social distancing rule to be reduced to 1m, arguing that with staggered lunchtimes and one-way systems, this will make it possible for more schools to bring back all or most pupils. Another academy leader, Sir Jon Coles, who is the head of United Learning, has also spoken up, rejecting the Government's suggestion that nearby empty buildings such as sports halls could be used. He argues that to create these extra classrooms will require another 250,000 teachers, which is simply not realistic. There are many practical safety measures to put in place, as well as allocating small groups of eligible pupils to available teachers, while ensuring no more than a quarter of the cohort is on site at any time.

He posted on Twitter: 'The reality is we will not be able to open schools fully to all pupils until the public health advice is that it is safe to teach in groups of up to 30. That is what schools have the space and staffing to do.' Teachers, unions and academy leaders are united in calling for a plan from Government. Leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, Paul Whiteman, has said the government needs to engage with school leaders about the practicalities of the return in September without delay. He has suggested schools be given a series of scenarios to plan around, depending on infection rates, reiterating that preparations have to start 'as soon as possible'.

A Department for Education spokesman said: 'Being in school is vital for children's education ... which is why we're working to get all pupils back into classrooms by September. 'We know that young children cannot be expected to follow social distancing in schools, and our guidance is clear.

Schools should implement a range of protective measures, including reducing the size of classes and keeping children in small groups.' Collins Easy Learning has a great range of homeschooling workbooks for english, spelling and maths here at Amazon from as little as £3.99 or browse our round-up of the best home learning buys, here. What's your opinion on kids returning to school? Talk to other parents in our forum. Related articles Related storiesGovernment DROPS plans for all primary school pupils to go back in July CHAT: Different opinions over return to school Three quarters of parents suffering from anxiety about sending kids back to school This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small amount of money if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.

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