Fresh fears that schools will be forced to delay return in January

There are fears that schools may be hit by a delayed return in January.

Fears have surfaced as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is urged to cut isolation to 5 days.

The influential chairman of the Education Committee, Robert Halfon, said: “All the energies from the Department of Education and Boris should be about keeping children in school.

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“If it makes a difference by reducing the days in isolation, as the United States has done, and stopping the school from closing, then that should be the first priority.

“We keep talking about protecting the NHS, which I completely agree with, but what about protecting our children’s future as well?

“If the retrieval programs are going to work, the last thing we need is to send the kids home again.”

School leaders are concerned that students who isolate themselves due to Covid-19 may miss out on “high-stakes” exams for their GCSEs and A-levels at the beginning of the semester, the head of a school leaders association said.



School students
School students

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said some schools “would probably consider doing fake exams next week for exam groups”.

He said: “I think one of the concerns will be what if we find out that there are a lot of young people who are not present to be able to do the fake exams – should they be changed? at another time? “

Sir. Barton said this would be less of an issue “in normal times” but that the taunts were more “high stakes” this year as they could be used as backup if exams were canceled.

“Obviously, they’ve been put more upside down this year because we know that as a kind of safety net, they may end up counting on some young people not being able to take their exams in the summer,” he said. PA news agency.

“So, it’s not a case of saying ‘let’s not bother with mockery’, because you’ll have to make those mockery at some point.”

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