Voice has welcomed the acknowledgement by government minister Robert Buckland MP that 1 June was a target date and that there might not be a “uniform approach” to wider opening of schools across England.
General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:
“The 1 June date was always a Government aspiration, and we welcome this acknowledgement that decisions should be made locally by individual schools, local authorities and academy trusts, rather than a uniform approach across England as a whole.
“Voice has always said that a phased, local approach would be needed, and that the likelihood was that not all settings would be able to proceed at the same pace.
“Subject to the Government’s five tests being met, and robust risk assessments being undertaken in all settings, Voice remains of the position that schools are in the best position to determine if they have everything necessary to be safe and to decide when it is appropriate to fully reopen.”
Voice has again called for the scientific evidence on which decisions have been made to be published in full, in a letter from the General Secretary to the Education Secretary (pdf).