Coronavirus: Fears dominate ASCL annual conference

The deepening coronavirus crisis dominated the discussions at the Association of School and College Leaders' annual conference this week. Chris Parr was there...

It was on the day that Ireland joined Italy, Denmark and France in closing down all of its schools that around 1,000 school leaders from across the UK convened for the 2020 annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

Whether it was sensible to bring together so many colleagues for this staple of the education calendar, before despatching them all back to their respective schools, was, unsurprisingly, a hot topic of conversation among those in Birmingham’s International Convention Centre.

In this context, the decision of the National Education Union (NEU) to cancel its own annual conference, scheduled for early April, certainly raised a few eyebrows.

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