Tuesday 19 May 2020
The UK government is wanting children to start returning to school as early as 1st June 2020.
Initially this would be for pupils of primary age – Year 6, Year 1 and Reception – with schools having to follow social distancing rules when appropriate.
This return is being hotly debated. Unions are not keen on safety grounds, and some doctors have agreed with this. However many academy chains have thrown their weight behind the government plans.
At the core of the debate is the balance of risk between the risks of children spreading or contracting CV-19 versus the damage to the educational prospects of children not receiving proper schooling, felt much more keenly in poorer communities.
Secondary schools are unlikely to return until September 2020, though students in the first year of GCSEs and A Levels (Year 10 and 12) may have some teaching time before the end of term.
Most nurseries are looking to open from 1st June.
Universities are still unsure how much campus activity will be possible from the Autumn onwards.