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Commenting on the publication of revised guidance for schools in England on rota and tier measures for pupil attendance if local lockdowns or restrictions become necessary, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The NASUWT has been asking for clarification in respect of local outbreaks for a considerable time.

“It is regrettable that as schools are finalising their plans for safe reopening next week the Government continues to publish yet more new guidance.

“We have been saying for some time that schools need clarity on these important issues and that it is the responsibility of the Government to provide that clarity.

“There must be a recognition that whilst children will be affected by local restrictions, so too will teachers and other staff in schools.

“The availability of staff where there is a local lockdown or outbreak may mean that schools have to limit provision if they cannot be staffed safely

“The Government now needs to confirm that schools will have the additional resources they need to deliver an effective remote learning offer to all pupils as well as funding for additional staff that will be necessary to maintain continuity of provision in the event of local disruption.”

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