Schools: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 15th July 2020.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of available (a) space and (b) teachers on the capacity of schools to receive all children in September 2020 as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Government has been clear that our intention is for all children to return to school from September. We want to get all children and young people back into education because it is the best place for them to learn, and because we know how important it is for their wellbeing to have social interactions with their teachers and friends.

On 2 July we published guidance to help schools plan for a full return of all pupils in September. This includes information on staffing and the necessary protective measures to keep children and teachers as safe as possible. We do not consider it necessary for schools to make significant adaptations to their site to enable them to welcome all children back to school. We also do not think schools will need to deliver any of their education on other sites (such as community centres / village halls) because class sizes can return to normal and spaces used by more than one class or group can be cleaned between use.

This guidance can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools.

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