North East UK news Schools may have to form 'mega bubbles' of up to 240 pupils from September MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - According to reports, secondary schools may be asked to form Covid-secure 'year bubbles' under Government plans to get all pupils back to the classroom
Breaking News ! Schools may have to form "mega bubbles" of up to 240 pupils from September and the entire year group could be forced to isolate if one gets coronavirus, according to reports. The Huffington Post has reported that schools will be asked to form Covid-secure 'year bubbles' under Government plans to get secondary pupils back to the classroom for the start of the new academic year. Year groups will be separated from one another and have staggered start and finish times, and they will also be kept apart for breaks. In England's primary schools, smaller bubbles of 30 will be recommended because it is usual for classes to stay together for all subjects. The larger bubbles in high schools, however, are seen as necessary to allow the full curriculum to be taught and subject teachers to move between classes. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to announce the plans in full to parliament on Thursday, reports The Mirror. But the Huffington Post has been told what detailed guidance will include. They report that there will be no social distancing required for primary school students, while secondary pupils should stay 1m apart.
. But no face coverings will be enforced while teaching, the report says.
Whole school years will be forced to isolate if one pupil gets ill, it is understood. Pupils will also be sat forward facing and all facing the same direction. As part of the plans, parents could be fined up to £120 if their children do not go to school. The report also says that some subjects could be suspended temporarily to allow teachers to focus on core subjects. New high school pupils may have to re-learn English and Maths lessons from their final year in primary school in order to catch up. And some Year 11s could have to drop some GCSEs so they can focus on these core subjects, including English and Maths.
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