Sector News Update – Editor’s Edition – May 2020

 

Hi everyone,

 As scientists and teaching unions remain unconvinced about the safety of returning children to school, twenty seven local authorities have announced plans to ignore the official government announcement around 1st June to put plans of their own in place instead; https://schoolsweek.co.uk/the-rebel-councils-governments-schools-plan-in-doubt-as-27-town-halls-raise-safety-concerns/https://schoolsweek.co.uk/the-rebel-councils-governments-schools-plan-in-doubt-as-27-town-halls-raise-safety-concerns/

Schools are not alone in raising concerns about safety as it was announced today that all non-essential shops will be able to reopen to the public on 15th June, signalling a further relaxation of the lockdown rules whilst we return to a 'new normal'; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52801727

As the costs of providing care continue to rise, many care home providers are concerned that they might not survive the pandemic, despite being 'essential'.  PPE and staffing costs have increased the cost of care substantially for providers according to the chair of the Independent Care Group; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-52715055

In happier news, JK Rowling has announced the publication of her new novel The Ickabog, which is her first non- Harry Potter related children's book; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52809600 and more and more people are wearing clear face masks to support better communication for all, but especially for those in the deaf community; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-52764355

That’s it for now, but I’ll keep this feed updated throughout the week with any new stories or developments. You can find the latest official information and reliable advice in our ‘useful links’ article and we’re now publishing useful best practice content relating to the pandemic and new situation in care and education.

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Until next time, take care.

Dawn – CACHE Alumni Editor