Some primary schools in England ignore the advice of the government (Photo: Getty/EPA/PA).
According to the study, primary schools in England ignore government safety recommendations about the size of classes.
More than one in five supervisors (22%) say that primary schools have classes of more than 15 pupils, according to a survey by Unison, which indicates that the government’s hasty plans to get back to work have been kept to a minimum.
A trade union survey of more than 8,000 carers in schools in England showed that almost half (48%) were dissatisfied with their experience of increasing pupil numbers after the first week of the wider opening.
The policy of the Department of Education (DfE) for re-opening primary schools in England to more children – states that primary schools should be divided into classes of no more than 15 pupils per group, and that these small, consecutive groups should not be mixed with other pupils during the day. The government has resumed its plans to get more students back into the classrooms when the blockade lights up – and now says most of them won’t return until September.
The main concern of auxiliaries (56%) is the segregation of Covid-19 and the transfer to others, with almost half (48%) indicating little or no respect for the social distance between the children.
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A survey of teaching assistants, caretakers and administrative staff arrives at primary school this month after the return of kindergarten children in England to grades 1 and 6.
Education Minister Gavin Williamson admitted defeat this week in plans to bring all children back to primary school before the summer.
This happened after some school principals stated that they did not have enough space on the premises to accommodate all pupils in the age group in question, while following government instructions to limit the size of the class to 15 pupils.
At the beginning of this month the teacher teaches grade 6 students. Classroom in a classroom in London (Photo: View photos).
Mr Williamson told MEPs that the current limit on class sizes is a restriction on more groups returning to school for a year, but he said this could be changed in the future.
John Richards, Eunison’s education manager, said the survey shows that schools are struggling to meet the June deadline.
As a result, some deadlines were shortened and staff were not consulted on time or, in some cases, not consulted at all.
Emphasis was placed on supporting the pupils already at school, the people staying at home and the most vulnerable children. Trade unions, workers and ministers must now work together to bring back more students in September. Children and staff must be returned safely and parents must be able to work.
After Boris Johnson was criticized for abandoning his plan to admit more students by September, Johnson said Wednesday that the students would have a huge backlog in the summer to cover their missed work.
The Prime Minister said the details of the catch-up plans will be explained by Gavin Williamson next week.
Jeff Burton, Executive Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said our experience has shown that schools have done a fantastic job in implementing safety protocols in a very short period of time with great care and attention to protecting the health and well-being of their staff and students.
If an employee is concerned about any aspect of these processes, we advise him or her to submit such a request to the Director.
A spokesman for the Department of Education said last week, the first tentative step in a phased approach was taken to get more children back into the classroom, and starting Monday, high schools and colleges will begin offering personalized support to more students.
We will support primary schools that can get more children back to school – with classes reduced to 15 people – if they can do so before the summer holidays, and we will work with the sector to get all children back to school in September.
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