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Findings from a survey released this week of 4,500 UK teachers across all key stages has found that that two thirds think that school closures have had a significant impact on pupils’ education, with the exam years KS4 (age 14-16) and post-16, being the most strongly affected. Teachers believe the impact will be mitigated to quite a large extent in primary schools and at KS3 if schools return on 1st June, however, they think it is too late for classes that have exams and are not expecting a high turnout of pupils to return on 1st June (only one-third of teachers expecting more than half of pupils to return). When it comes to safety measures the teachers who responded do not feel confident that adequate safety measures will be in place and will not return without effective social distancing, frequent hand washing and cleaning, reduced occupancy levels and a system of test, track and isolate. There appears to be a strong distrust of the government, with the most common words used to describe its strategy as ‘dangerous’,’ irresponsible’, ‘unrealistic’ and ‘ill-considered’. The researchers have  noted however that the survey should be approached with a degree of scepticism as it may have attracted those with a particular viewpoint, and they also received more positive reactions from teachers saying they are happy to go back to school. As school reopening continues to be a much-debated topic, the researchers will be working with Durham University in a series of consultations with teachers to see how things develop. Read the report here.

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