ASCL comment on start of spring term

02/01/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the situation regarding plans for the start of the spring term. 
 
Commenting on the situation regarding plans for the start of the spring term, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

It is obvious to everybody that the government has made an utter shambles of the arrangements for the start of the spring term with late and confused communications, and the lack of a clear scientific rationale. We have convened an emergency meeting of our Executive committee today to discuss our position in light of this chaotic situation. It has been our clear view throughout this crisis that children are best off in school but that this has to be balanced with public health considerations. We are not convinced, however, that the government is following the science, and we are concerned about the safety implications for families, staff and the wider community.