The decision to have phased school reopenings and send children back to primary school has been agonising for both teachers and parents. I want to wish all those involved lots of luck and a big thank you to Sutton Council and schools in Sutton for helping making this transition as smooth as possible.
However, this government has made this incredibly difficult for parents and teachers because of inadequate advice and lack of scientific backing. Many schools in England have worked hard to make sure schools are safe for this phase of reopenings but without full union backing and against SAGE advice, this has been a struggle.
Despite all the efforts sadly, opening some schools this week will not guarantee what we should really be focusing on, helping the most disadvantaged in our community.
After teaching for 20 years, I know that this pandemic has only highlighted the inequalities in society and particularly in education. The funding crisis has become more apparent during the last few months and if we are to get ALL children back in schools safely we must do more to support our schools. We must start investing in education sooner rather than later for ALL our children’s future.