Voice has welcomed the publication of the scientific advice and information to the Government, but called for the Department for Education (DfE) to publish the delayed guidance for early years settings.
General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:
“We welcome the decision to publish the full scientific advice and information.
“Voice been calling for the scientific evidence on which the Government’s decisions have been made to be published in full.
“As I stated in my latest letter to the Education Secretary (pdf), Voice members deserve to have this information to reassure them.
“This is an issue of trust and confidence. The education workforce needs to be able to trust, and have confidence in, the Government’s decision-making.
“Many local authorities are now saying they will not open their schools more widely because of higher R rates and other local conditions.
"Voice believes there must be a local approach to wider opening of schools. Local authorities are best placed to advise on local conditions and the capacity of the local education and health services.
“We also urge the Government to ensure the promised track and trace testing system is fully in place by 1 June, and to publish the delayed guidance for the early years.
“Once again, it seems the early years sector is lower down the Government’s priorities than schools, despite its key role and the expectation of wider opening from 1 June."
Update on early years guidance (24 May 2020)
.@Voicetheunion as much as this guidance is welcome & long awaited, publication over a bank holiday weekend is inconsiderate & does not allow sufficient time for planning purposes https://t.co/ndyBvMLIlw — Deborah Lawson (@VoiceGenSec) May 24, 2020
.@Voicetheunion as much as this guidance is welcome & long awaited, publication over a bank holiday weekend is inconsiderate & does not allow sufficient time for planning purposes https://t.co/ndyBvMLIlw
— Deborah Lawson (@VoiceGenSec) May 24, 2020
The DfE published its Overview of scientific information on coronavirus (COVID-19) on 15 May 2020.