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Coronavirus: Worried, afraid, but our teaching heroes are not shirking from their public service duty

We are worried, we are afraid – but we are not shirking from our public service duty. Paul Whiteman praises our heroic school staff for their response in face of the coronavirus outbreak and outlines the further action and support that school leaders want to see from the government

These are very strange and unsettling times for schools and the people who learn and work in them.

In very short order we have established an identifiable routine where schools are closed to the vast majority of pupils but still available to provide support and childcare for vulnerable young people and the children of key workers.

In order to pull this off, school leaders and their teams have shown almost infinite reserves of resourcefulness to patch together local solutions. At the same time, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has been in dialogue with the Department for Education (DfE) and supporting our members directly to help schools make the government’s expectations deliverable.

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