Primary schools: govt abandons plan for full return before September in England – BBC News
Plans to get all of England’s primary school pupils back to school before the end of the summer term have been dropped by the government.
Around 8 million children will now remain at home until September at the earliest. The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson acknowledged that social distancing meant the plans wouldn’t work.
Some pupils have already returned but many parents had decided not to send their children back. Teachers’ leaders say they warned the government repeatedly that the plans weren’t realistic.
Government ministers say they realise this is a difficult time for families and that many feel anxious about their children’s health and education. They insist that the welfare of children and staff will continue to be at the heart of decision-making.
Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Education Correspondent Elaine Dunkley, Science Editor David Shukman and Political Correspondent Vicki Young.
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