ASCL pays tribute to work of schools and colleges on full reopening

07/03/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the full return of pupils to England’s schools and colleges from tomorrow.
 
Commenting on the full return of pupils to England’s schools and colleges from tomorrow, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

This is a red letter day for England’s schools and colleges, and in the fight against the pandemic. A great deal of planning and preparation has gone into making full reopening as safe as possible. Leadership teams and staff deserve great credit for this extraordinary work as well as for their tireless efforts during the lockdown in delivering face-to-face education for vulnerable and key worker children and remote education to all those who have been learning from home.

“The next few weeks are clearly going to present challenges in reintegrating children back into the routines of school life and managing Covid safety measures. Secondary schools and colleges are also expected to provide Covid tests and implement policies on face coverings. It is a very demanding situation.

“But the immediate and overwhelming feeling will nevertheless be one of joy in once again seeing all children returning to classrooms and school communities brought back together
.”