css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} Pressure is growing on the government to keep all schools in England closed for two weeks after the Christmas break as more and more cases of coronavirus occur

Unions urged that they learn to move around online amid concerns about the spread of a new variant of the virus

School principals have taken legal action to force ministers to reveal data behind the decision to reopen some schools on Monday

On Friday, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said all London primaries would be closed on Monday, not just those in some districts

However, the unions have stated that nationwide expansion is “the only reasonable and credible option”

The National Education Union (NEW) said that all elementary and secondary schools should be closed for two weeks after the Christmas break while NASUWT wrote to the education secretary demanding an “immediate nationwide transition to distance learning” for all students / p>

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has called for a “short period” of distance learning, while GMB, which represents support staff, has called for Mr. Williamson to use “common sense.”

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The President of the Royal College of Physicians, Prof Andrew Goddard told the BBC the new strain had now spread across the country, adding, “Any hospitals that haven’t had the great pressure they had in south-east, London and south Wales should expect it will find their way “

NAHT and the Association of School and College Leaders have taken legal action against the Department of Education to compel ministers to share information and scientific data suggesting schools return is safe
The NAHT said it also plans to issue guidelines to school principals recommending not to take action against employees who refuse to return to work because they feel insecure, while the NEU said it would be over the members inform their heirs’ right to “work safely” conditions that do not endanger their health “

Secondary schools in England have staggered returns, with students aged 11 and over January 2021 take exams and other year groups on 18 Return in person on January 4th Most primary schools in England open on January 4th They will return on January 18, but in London and some surrounding areas they will not return until Jan. January will be open to most students

In Wales local councils have been told that they can be “flexible” when it opens Many schools aim to start at age 11 January to teach in person again

In Northern Ireland, elementary school students through 11th January taught online In secondary schools, years 8 to 11 are taught online throughout January until 14 Class return to school after the first week of January

In Scotland, the Christmas holidays were extended to 11 Extended January and only online learning for the following week January planned

Dr Mary Bousted, joint head of NEU with more than 450000 members, called for all elementary and secondary schools to remain closed, saying, “What is right for London is right for the rest of the country”

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “We know the virus is up to 70% more contagious, and the only thing we do with children is we put them all together in high schools, in who we know children can really transmit”Year group bladders of up to 240 students without social distancing

“So it is not difficult to see why secondary school students are the highest age group for Covid infections and elementary schools the second highest”

Dr Bousted told BBC Breakfast that she hoped the closure of all schools would give time for a mass testing system to be set up, but requested that this be led by public health officials

She said the NEU would hold an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss the situation

Dr Mike Tildesley, a Warwick University epidemiologist who advises the government under the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), said that while there has been an increase in cases in secondary age groups, there was no clear evidence of transmission in the school setting

“Certainly the evidence in elementary school is that despite this new variant we are not getting a significant increase in cases in elementary school,” he said

Mr Williamson said in mid-December that all elementary school students in England would be returning as normal in January, while returns from secondary schools and colleges would be staggered to give them time to set up mass testing programs

However, on Wednesday, the Education Secretary delayed the start of school for all secondary schools as well as some elementary schools in Covid’s hotspots in southeast England, including parts of London

Two days later, under pressure from local authorities, he extended the primary school closure to all of London

That means that more than a million elementary school students will study from home for at least the first two weeks of the semester

At-risk students and children of key workers will continue to attend school, the government said, adding that early years care, alternative care, and special education will remain open

Criticized the timing of the announcement with Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green, saying it was “yet another U-turn by the government creating chaos for parents just two days before the school year begins”

In a letter to Gavin Williamson, NASUWT Secretary General Dr Patrick Roach said it was “the only sensible and credible option” to minimize risk to staff and protect public health

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) urged the government to move all schools to home study for a “short and determined period of time for most children”

“There is serious concern that schools and universities cannot currently reopen fully and safely,” said General Secretary Paul Whiteman

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and University Directors, said the government had “messed up” school return plans and the executive had called an emergency meeting to discuss the “chaotic situation”

Dave Lee-Allan, headmaster at Stowmarket High School in Suffolk, said “It should be up to the local school principals to make the right call,” adding he was frustrated with children staying at school be a government priority and teachers were seen as key workers not entitled to early access to vaccine

Tom Prestwich, principal of the Jubilee Elementary School and Children’s Center in Tulse Hill, south London, told BBC Breakfast that his school needed two rotas, one for online learning and one for the students who would have to come into the classroom

“All of this takes time and that decision could have been made two weeks ago,” he said

Mr Williamson said the closings across London were a “last resort and temporary solution” to tackle the particularly high rates of infection in the capital and said the government would “reopen classrooms as soon as possible”

According to data on the government’s coronavirus dashboard, London has the highest weekly coronavirus rate in England at 858, 5 confirmed cases per 100000 inhabitants – almost twice as many as in England as a whole

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said closing all London schools was “the right decision” but the original plan to keep only some London schools closed had caused immense confusion

The Department of Education previously stated that decisions about school closings and openings are based on new infections, positivity rates and pressures on the NHS

53285 new Covid cases and a further 613 deaths were reported by the UK government on Friday.This does not include data from Northern Ireland or Wales or the number of deaths from Scotland as these are not published on certain days during the Christmas and New Years period

Three of the worst-hit English fourth tier local authorities have not been ordered to delay opening primaries

Rushmoor (817 cases per 100000 people in the week up to 28 December), Slough (777) and Spelthorne (721) are all in the south east of England

For example, in Rushmoor, where cases have increased by 54% week-to-week, the case rate is over 26 local authorities where elementary schools were on April 4th Closed on January

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