The chaotic nature of the DfE’s guidance around coronavirus is exhausting schools and must be addressed if school’s are to re-open more fully in September, says Kevin Courtney

This period of lockdown has produced immense challenges for schools and colleges the length and breadth of the country. Heads, teachers, support and school staff have all played an incredible role in ensuring the children of key workers and those in a high-risk category have had a place in school.

For other children, home learning timetables and resources have been put into place with speed and efficiency.

No-one could have predicted or planned completely for such events. Schools have adapted and moved mountains to ensure the best possible outcomes for all their students.

What could have been better planned, though, is the wider opening of schools. Guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) has not been clear enough. It has been changed constantly with little or no notice, leaving heads confused and exhausted.

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