Boris roadmap swings into full force as millions of children prepare for school return
Both secondary and primary schools will welcome back millions of pupils from Monday. The Prime Minister said that the resumption of school was an important first step towards a “sense of normality.” Secondary heads plan to phase the return of school years over the first week, allowing for essential testing procedures to be put in place.
Students will be tested three times a week for Covid over the first fortnight of school.
Thereafter, they will receive two tests a week, which they can use at home.
To facilitate the process, the Government has delivered nearly 57 million lateral flow testing kits to schools and colleges.
The resumption of national education has been warmly welcomed by parents, who have had to develop their teaching skills during the year-long pandemic.
A survey of 6,000 parents by the institute for Fiscal Studies found that nine in ten would have sent their children back to school, even if it had not been mandatory.
However, two-thirds said that they were “concerned that their child has lost out on learning”.