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Nine unions, including the National Education Union and the National Association of Headteachers, who represent hundreds of thousands of education practitioners in the UK have warned that the government has a “lack of understanding” about the dangers of coronavirus spreading within the school setting and wider community. School leaders believe that 1st June is too early for schools to re-open and have urged the government to step back from plans, saying that they were not consulted about the return date. The unions’ statement also raises concerns that school staff working with young children would “uniquely” not be protected by the same two-metre social distancing rules required in other workplaces. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson insisted a return to school was “the most sensible action” and that the government is following medical and scientific advice, although it has not specified when this advice will be made available. Relations between unions and ministers have been under strain lately, but unions stress that they want to work with the government to ensure reopening of schools is safe. Gavin Williamson has warned against “scaremongering” and insisted that the government’s focus is on children’s education. Read more here.

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Family Kids & Youth – what we are doing during Coronavirus lockdown

We are continuing to carry out our UK and international research with children, teens and parents but have switched all this online and to our apps. Our qualitative research is filmed and our mini groups, depth interviews and focus groups are proving to be a great success. Children and young people are totally at home speaking online and are extremely vocal, even on the most sensitive of topics. Parents are appreciating the ‘group effect’ of online video conferencing.

Our resourceful team at FK&Y has been home-based since Monday 16 March and our regular catch-ups on Microsoft Teams ensure we all know what each other is doing! We’d like to thank our clients, our suppliers and of course our research participants for being so encouraging and so supportive.

We have compiled lists of organisations that offer help on home-schooling, child behaviour, and anxiety and mental health. Please contact me barbie@kidsandyouth.com if you wish to receive this list.

Wishing all our clients, colleagues and friends our very best wishes! Dr Barbie.

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