LONDON – Schools’ still out

The question of whether schools will begin to re-open on June 1 remains unclear after a group of local authorities and teachers’ unions stated their opposition. Boris Johnson’s government is keen to reopen schools as part of the next stage of relaxing the confinement measures, starting with primary schools for children aged 4-11, before the summer holidays begin in late July. 

However, over 1,000 primary schools in England are expected to remain closed on 1 June after a group of local authorities, including those covering Birmingham, Leeds and Bradford expressed concern that the coronavirus infection rate in their community was not low enough to make it safe to reopen them. Meanwhile, the National Education Union has warned that it currently opposes the 1 June restart.

The government’s scientific advisory group is expected to make their final recommendations on Wednesday (20 May). (Benjamin Fox |

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