A number one training union stated it had heard from members demand for locations was “much higher” this lockdown in comparison with the one final spring, which additionally noticed solely weak college students and key staff’ youngsters welcomed onsite.
In steerage issued on Thursday, the Department for Education (DfE) stated: “We know that every school will have a different number of children of critical workers who need to attend.”
It added: “It is important that onsite provision is provided for these pupils, and there is no limit to numbers of these pupils who may attend and schools should not limit attendance of these groups.”
Although the brand new steerage stated there ought to be no restrict on locations for eligible pupils, it did add that oldsters or carers who had been essential staff ought to “keep their children at home if they can”.
However, youngsters with a minimum of one mother or father or carer who was a essential employee might nonetheless attend class bodily, even when mother and father had been working from residence.
Schools had been additionally anticipated to “strongly encourage” weak youngsters to attend class, which might embody “pupils who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home” on account of a scarcity of units or a quiet area to check.
Kit Andrew, a major headteacher in London, advised The Independent this classification would “apply to over 50 per cent of my pupils”, on high of greater than 25 per cent who’re the youngsters of key staff.
Ms Peacock, the Chartered College of Teaching chief government, stated she had contacted the DfE “concerned about the numbers of children attending school” as the third lockdown kicked off.
Paul Whiteman, normal secretary of college leaders’ union NAHT, stated members had reported “significant additoinal demand for school places” during this lockdown.
Mr Whiteman said: “We would urge the government to be clear about how many pupils on-site is too many, if the virus is to be suppressed.”
The NAHT and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) are both calling on the government to provide guidance on the maximum safe number of children that there should be in school at once.
A DfE spokesperson stated: “We expect schools to work with families to ensure all critical worker children are given access to a place if this is required.
“If critical workers can work from home and look after their children at the same time then they should do so, but otherwise this provision is in place to enable them to provide vital services.
The DfE spokesperson added: “The protective measures that schools have been following throughout the autumn terms remain in place to help protect staff and students, while the national lockdown helps reduce transmission in the wider community.”
Additional reporting by Press Association