London news Croydon principal 'excited' for pupils' return but 'teachers should get vaccine' Uk news

MetiNews.Com - The school leader thinks testing for teachers would make it easier for schools to stay safe when reopening

London news Croydon principal 'excited' for pupils' return but 'teachers should get vaccine' Uk news

MetiNews.Com - The school leader thinks testing for teachers would make it easier for schools to stay safe when reopening

London news  Croydon principal 'excited' for pupils' return but 'teachers should get vaccine' Uk news
23 February 2021 - 18:15

Breaking News ! Get FREE email updates for South LondonI'M IN!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.A Croydon head teacher has said he is in favour of vaccinating all teachers, as long as other key workers get the jab too, but is also now "excited" that a date for pupils' return has been set. Tyrone Myton, Principal of Shirley High School, is glad that pupils will be returning soon, since it's the best place for them to be, but also expressed concern that schools would not be allowed to mix in-person and distance learning to help with social distancing. “It’s great that kids are finally starting to come back to school,” he said, speaking about the March 8 return date announced by Boris Johnson on Monday. “As a school, we’ve logistically got to make sure we can test the entire population of the school three times in a week - it will be challenging." Mr Myton believes school is the best place for the children to be, but feels it would be better if the government gave schools a little bit more freedom, to combine on site and remote learning, to ensure they can safely social distance in schools where space is an issue. He feels this blended approach would help to keep teachers, families and the community safe. He said: “What would make it easier for us would be looking at testing for teachers and allowing blended learning. “Schools have invested a lot in developing remote learning and the government has dished out [around] one million laptops. What was the point of that if it was just for periods of self isolation?” A pupil following social distance markers (stock photo) (Image: Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images) Mr Myton feels teachers having to self isolate could affect children’s in-school learning and the closure of bubbles, in addition to risking their health. “Priority of the vaccine could make that a lot easier,” he continued. “Not putting teachers ahead of any queue or key workers, [but] maybe the vaccine for teachers would make that [school reopening] a smoother transition. “I don’t want to put any one profession above anyone else - they all contribute to the community. But if we’re asking some professions to provide their service - at a lower risk yes, but there is still a risk - we should be looking to ensure they are as safe as can be to carry out their duties and work. “We want to keep staff in school to deliver the lessons. It’s fantastic, great to have kids back - but we need to make sure the staff are fit and able to teach them. We don’t want them at home unwell or self-isolating.

. He said: “The process has to start with making sure of the wellbeing of students, [that they are] ready to learn in this environment again. Getting them back into routine. “This time around, gaps in learning have been much easier to identify, due to the way remote learning has improved. We know who has engaged, and completed work to the standard we expect. We’ve identified who needs to ‘catch up’”. The school are currently working through how they can provide ‘catch up’ sessions, working within the restrictions. On the subject of school reopening testing, Mr Myton is concerned that schools may not have the space to conduct these tests safely, and on whether infrastructure outside of school mirrors the safety measures in place inside. Shirley High School (Image: David Cook) “We miss the kids of Shirley, and want them back in school,” he said, “and we’re taking every step to make sure they’re safe in school. For example, we will stagger start and end times.” The head is concerned about infrastructure outside of schools, for example bus services allowing students to travel to and from school without mixing with other bubbles. He added: “Kids struggled to get on the special school buses before. It was an issue getting kids in their bubbles away safely.” From 8 March, all school children will be required to return to school. Secondary school pupils will be required to take three tests in the first week of school, with a negative test allowing them back. They will also be expected to wear masks in class and around school, unless they are medically exempt. Mr Myton shared that the children of Shirley High School understand the importance of masks, and “have been great - they’ll follow the rules, that’s not a problem.” He added: “We’ve got kids who have been through tough times, and suffered loss as well. This has affected everyone.” For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here . Read More Related Articles

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London news Croydon principal 'excited' for pupils' return but 'teachers should get vaccine' Uk news


London news Croydon principal 'excited' for pupils' return but 'teachers should get vaccine' Uk news


London news Croydon principal 'excited' for pupils' return but 'teachers should get vaccine' Uk news


London news Croydon principal 'excited' for pupils' return but 'teachers should get vaccine' Uk news

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