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Chaos as plans for reopening schools are thrown into disarray


Saturday 2 January 2021

Lines were drawn for battle at the start of the Spring Term, which is now little more than 24 hours away when the NEU decided to advise its members in primary schools across the whole UK to not go to work on Monday. They were advised to say that they believed that their workplaces were no longer safe and that to turn up to work and encourage children to attend lessons in person would be to give further opportunity to the virus to spread more widely in communities where the NHS is already struggling to cope with growing numbers of cases. 


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Facts and Figures

  • 690,000 students (15% of the school population) typically absent in December for COVID related reasons - Source: DfE, December 2020

  • Almost half a million teachers missing from their classrooms - Source: www.schoolsweek.co.uk

  • Over half of all teachers say arrangements during the pandemic are not "sufficient and effective" - Source: NASUWT, Independent

  • Positive cases rising over 50% in seven days to 20 December -    Source: Government's Daily Summary, 20 December 2020

  • " ...the percentage of people testing positive continues to be highest among secondary school-aged children. The most recent week has seen increases for this age group and most others." - Source: ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Round-Up

  • Up to 2.67% of all primary and 3.48% of all secondary pupils were estimated to be COVID+ on December 12 2020, which equates to at least one pupil in every classroom. Source: ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Round-Up

  • " ... between February and July, 2020, the number of infected people aged 15–24 years increased from 4·5% to 15%, possibly resulting from a combination of increased socialising in younger age groups and reversion to previous routines, including attending ...schools, and universities." Source: The Lancet, October 2020