Sector News Update – Week Commencing 11th May 2020

 

Hi everyone and welcome to another Monday.

It’s the start of a new week in lockdown and, after news began to slow a couple of weeks ago, we're seeing speculation and news increase again, after changes in the lockdown recommendations were announced last night; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/11/can-i-meet-friends-and-family-uks-new-coronavirus-lockdown-rules-explained

It's important to note that the recommendations are changing in England only, with other home nations choosing to keep the message that everyone should 'stay at home and protect the NHS'; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52614204

As people begin to go back to work and the time people spend moving around increases, it's likely that people will find themselves in closer contact with others and the government has, for the first time, issued guidance to suggest the public begin to wear cloth face coverings when using public transport or in spaces where distancing isn't as easy to implement; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52620556 and have published official guidance on how people can make masks at home; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

We understand that our Early Years and primary teaching colleagues may be concerned about the announcement and we're here to help, if we can.  You can email us at [email protected] for support and signposting. 

For those of you in Scotland, where the First Minister has confirmed that it's unlikely schools will reopen before August, there is some evidence that the government is exploring outdoor settings, such as forest schools, as a possible way to support children's education after restrictions ease; https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/10/scotland-eyes-outdoor-learning-as-model-for-reopening-of-schools

Instead of posting a new news feature each day, whilst there is lots of speculation, but little concrete fact to report, we'll continue a weekly news round-up and keep it updated as the week goes on, so check back here for updates! 

There’s also a lot of support available in our articles section, with best practice, practical suggestions and policy analysis from our team of subject specialists and expert authors.

You can always contact us at [email protected] with any individual questions or if you need support. We’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, take care.

Dawn – Editor of CACHE Alumni.org.uk