Sector News Update – Week Commencing 8th June 2020
Following on from last weeks news, closed primary schools continued to reopen, though plans for all children to return to primary education before the end of the school year are expected to be dropped later today, after Matt Hancock conceded that they might not be feasible; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52969679
Whilst that government has confirmed that secondary aged pupils may not return to school until 'September at the earliest', universities are unsure as to whether they will be able to open in September, with questions around how to proceed in subjects where deferred entry might not be possible; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52753913
To help to understand how school reopening is impacting on the spread of infection, Matt Hancock has launched a study through Public Health England, who will gather data from over 100 primary schools in England; https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-schools/england-launches-study-of-coronavirus-spread-in-schools-idUKKBN23F2Z3
There are questions about the way that the virus spreads, with some indication that the number of people that one person infects is rising in the UK. This article in The Guardian explores what the R rate is and why it might seem to be rising; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/07/what-is-coronavirus-r-number-and-is-it-rising-in-uk
Whilst the infection news continues, protests have taken some of the spotlight over the weekend, as Black Lives Matter marches, vigils and protests continued across the UK, with tensions in some areas rising; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/08/london-mayor-seeks-defuse-tensions-ahead-more-blm-protests
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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Dawn – CACHE Alumni Editor