THE PLAN to get all primary school kids back before summer 'will be impossible', Britain's biggest head teachers' union have warned.

A poll of National Governance Association members revealed three out of four governors think it’s “unlikely” all students are coming back.

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Boris Johnson had previously vowed to have all primary-aged children back in for a month before the summer holidays.

Yesterday saw many students in reception, year 1 and year 6 finally return to the classroom.

However, the head teachers’ union have now insisted a full return before the summer would not be possible because many schools are too small for it to be completed safely.

NGA chief executive Emma Knight said: “Unless something dramatic changes very soon in terms of the government’s scientific and medical advice, it will simply not be possible for primary schools to invite all pupils back for a whole month of education before the summer holidays.

“It is adding to uncertainty for parents, but also extra pressure on school leaders and governing boards who think that they need to try and do this when actually it wouldn’t be safe.”

Downing Street last night admitted the plan to have everyone back at the beginning of next month was now “under review”.

If schools don’t host the remaining pupils until September it means three million primary children will have gone more than five months without face-to-face teaching.

It comes as:

  • Scientists claimed keeping one metre apart is enough to significantly limit the risk of catching the coronavirus
  • Portugal said it was ready to welcome back Brits within days
  • Brits were warned that a full coronavirus lockdown could be reintroduced if cases begin to rise again
  • Downing Street insisted easing the lockdown will not spark a second spike
  • Seven employees at same school tested positive for coronavirus

Reports suggested that yesterday's attendance ranged from 40 per cent returning to 70 per cent.

Is is believed 1 million pupils were kept home by parents – with some still concerned about health risks.

Union GMB yesterday claimed more than 80 per cent of parents didn't send their kids back to school.

It comes amid concerns from experts that children kept in home-schooling could feel isolated from their classmates.

However, due to new social-distancing guidelines in the classroom class sizes have been slashed as only reception, year one and year six were asked back.

It comes ten weeks on from Boris Johnson's address to the nation on March 23 urging Brits to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.



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