Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the launch of the government’s back to school campaign.
Commenting on the launch of the government’s back to school campaign, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
“Schools and colleges are hoping for the best over the course of the next term and beyond but there is clearly still a lot of uncertainty about the possible impact of Covid transmission among pupils who are largely unvaccinated.
“Government guidance is very different from the last academic year and the control measures are less stringent. Our concerns are over the potential risk of a high number of infections among pupils which cause more educational disruption and may lead to some young people suffering serious symptoms.
“It will be a case of seeing how all this plays out in reality as the new term starts and progresses. But it will be very important that the government is ready to act in the event of a rising tide of coronavirus infections and provide further support to schools and colleges as necessary.
“We note the reference to the reissuing of a remote education direction giving legal force to the requirement for schools to offer high-quality remote education where students need to self-isolate, and would point out to the government that schools have already been doing this extremely successfully over the course of the pandemic and often in very difficult circumstances.”