Schoolchildren in England will not all return to lessons at the same time, the education secretary has confirmed, in a strong hint that many will not be back until the autumn.
Gavin Williamson has told a committee of MPs that he could not give a date for schools in England to begin reopening, but that it would have to be “phased”.
He revealed that he had asked the government’s scientific advisory group (SAGE) to report on which children should return first – taking into account the effect of coronavirus on children, and whether black and ethnic minority school staff may be at higher risk.
Mr Williamson said: “The decision to return schools in a phased manner will be made right across government in the best interests of the schools and the teachers, making sure all considerations are taken on board.
“We are looking at many countries across the globe which are some weeks ahead of us – such as Germany and Denmark.”
He promised headteachers “plenty of notice”.
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