2 July 2020 – the overnight press release

Guidance for schools raises more questions than they answer

Responding to reports the Government’s guidance for schools reopening will include an overhaul of the curriculum, impose strict behaviour regimes and include a continuation of remote learning, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:

A raft of guidance is again released, but it is meaningless unless it is accompanied by robust scientific evidence to reassure the public that these plans won’t result in an increased risk of Covid-19 spreading.

The practicality of the plans also raise concerns. Dropping entire subjects and a continuation of remote learning without much needed equipment is far from an indication that this Government is giving pupils the best start in life.

With the start and end of a school day moving to avoid rush hour, the Government will need to explain what working parents can do to get their children safely to school.

Ministers must ensure every aspect of their thinking is fully transparent and open to scrutiny. They must also now engage with the profession and the public to answer these questions and more, before their plans fall apart at the seams.

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5 Comments

  • After months of confusion and the hope that schools will be back to normal in September, this guidance might as well be written in Latin. (That would probably suit Johnson)
    It’s as clear as mud. How can the government say every child matters. Their futures are at stake here. Be clear exactly what is the plan and make sure our children matter as much to the government as they do to us.

  • CHARLOTTE RADMORE 2nd Jul '20 - 4:05pm

    Where is the consideration of children’s wellbeing? (And that of teachers and parents for that matter?) I would like to see the lib dems focussing on these aspects.
    The content of the release is an absolute disgrace and shows a complete lack of respect to children, teachers and parents. Many of who have been working to ensure that maths and english are maintained during this time. Otherwise why did we bother? Certainly not so that the rest of the curriculum is “wiped out” for 2 terms! If this is really what’s going to happen I might as well have not bothered with the endless phonics sheets sent over the last months.

  • I’m confused too. Is there the slightest evidence (from Belarus or Sweden for instance) that children and those who work in school are at risk from viruses at present? If there is such research perhaps Layla Moran could cite it. Alternatively she could acknowledge the appalling damage the loss of school education is doing to all children (including the psychological welfare) and campaign to restore their rights under Article 26 of the UN Charter.

  • Antony Watts 3rd Jul '20 - 8:33am

    We home schooled our youngest son aboard our yacht sailing in the Med. The UK school system was completely useless in giving any distance learning.

    They should develop a strong and effective distance learning program. That includes brain-to-brain tools. Computers, networks, postal materials etc

    Be serious about it.

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