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Following the appearance of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson before the Education Select Committee, Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary said:
 
“Central to any discussion about schools partially or fully reopening has to be that any decision must be informed on public health grounds.
 
“It would be reckless for any Government to ignore the independent scientific advice or try to selectively use that advice it to support a pre-determined policy decision and thereby endanger lives.
 
“There is a need for clarity about the purpose of reopening schools and while the Secretary of State has said when it is safe to do so schools will open as part of a phased return, teachers and schools will be looking for much more detail and sufficient time to enable them to prepare.
 
“The Education Secretary has said schools would not be opening through the summer and teachers will expect him to keep to his word.
 
“Teachers are continuing to support vulnerable children and the children of key workers whilst also providing access to remote learning and support for the majority of children who are at home.
 
“It is vital that teachers’ safety and their health concerns are also addressed fully before any decision to reopen schools.”
 
 

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