Ministers want all pupils in England back at school in September

Ministers want pupils in England back at school in September

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that all students in in England, in every year group will go back to school in September.

During yesterday’s daily briefing, the Education Secretary said the government was “signed up… to bring every child back, in every year group, in every school”.

This announcement comes after Boris Johnson said a £1bn fund was being given to schools across England to help pupils catch up with missed classes.

Williamson also said class sizes would have limits – or “bubbles” –  to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Currently classes are limited to a maximum of 15 pupils, but Williamson said ministers were looking at “expanding those bubbles to include the whole class”.

Pupils in nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 were encouraged to return to primary schools in England on the 1st June.

Some Year 10 and 12 pupils returned to secondary schools and colleges earlier this week.

Ministers want all pupils in England to return to school full-time in the autumn, after a close six-month absence for some.

Mr Williamson said:

“School is vital to every one of our children, that is why we will bring all children, in all year groups, back to school in September,”

Education Secretary said signs that as spread of coronavirus were reducing, ministers could start looking at “making sure that every child returns to school”.

“there is anxiety still among parents” 

“I want to assure you that the well-being of your children is the absolute top priority for every single one of us.”

A guidance on how to bring children back to school, will be published within the next two weeks.

There has been no confirmation on current 2m social distancing rule being relaxed in schools.

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