Norfolk parents on children returning to school

01 Juin, 2020, 17:46 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • 'Parents are clearly anxious': teachers prepare for safe return to school

"Unless something dramatic changes very soon in terms of the government's scientific and medical advice, it will simply not be possible for primary schools to invite all pupils back for a whole month of education before the summer holidays", she told the BBC.

However, another expressed frustration at being unable to welcome all children back to school immediately, saying parents "need a break and the children are getting feral". A survey by the National Foundation for Educational Research of more than 1,200 school leaders found headteachers were expecting 46% of families to keep pupils at home.

Primary Schools have been told that they can re-open from today, but with certain measures in place, while secondary schools will be allowed to welcome back Year 10 and 12 students from 15 June.

"The school have really thought about it".

At The Richmond School in Skegness this morning, all pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 6 were able to return.

Schools marked out work spaces on the floor to encourage social distancing between pupils, while teachers have been instructed to stay with their class groups at all times to enforce "bubbles" of students and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

"I can only say that the professionalism of our team has shone through and for everyone's sake we hope the advice is right and that safe and effective learning returns for some and continued remote learning carries on for others", said Nick Horslen, chair of governors at Kings Wood Primary and Nursery School in High Wycombe. "There are some who are very eager to have their child back". Actually some of the children have been crying because they want to be part of that.

"There are some whose children have been so upset that they can't come anywhere near the school because they've been seeing the childcare children (of key workers) playing outside".

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More than half a million primary school pupils who would have gone back to school on Monday could still be at home, receiving home schooling from their parents or filling in worksheets online.

"It would be physically impossible to bring all pupils back with reduced class sizes - we do not have the extra classrooms or staff to accommodate them safely", one governor wrote.

The safety of our children and school staff is paramount and schools have been completing thorough risk assessments to ensure safety can be maintained through appropriate social distancing, hygiene and personal protection.

Half of all parents with children eligible to return also chose to keep their children at home.

"We've been open throughout this and I've had 60 children (of key workers) in childcare so I know that the systems I've put in place are workable: I've been keeping them in their separate "pods", she said.

She added: "Parents know what their children are like and they've been very understanding".

Kidwell said: "We're also encouraging the teachers to not get into face-to-face contact with the children". Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

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