New campaign to get all children back in class next month

A new initiative to persuade parents that it is safe to send children back to school from September is being launched by the government.

The new campaign focuses on the measures being introduced to minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission.

The move follows concerns raised by many families about the risks of children returning to school. The campaign will emphasise the importance of organised learning to children’s development, as well as the need for children to socialise and spend time with their friends.

Schools are aiming to stagger start times, use classroom bubbles, increase hygiene and hand-washing to improve safety for staff and pupils.

Speaking ahead of the campaign launch on Monday, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The government is committed to doing everything necessary to deliver on our national priority of all students returning to schools and colleges in September.”

“All children deserve to be back in school as it is the best place for their education and well-being.”

“I know families are growing more confident that schools and colleges are ready and waiting to get back to teaching, with the right protective measures in place.”

“As the start of term approaches, now is the time for families to think about the practicalities of returning to school in September, whether that’s reassuring themselves that school is the best place for their child to be, or planning the school run to avoid public transport where possible.”

Labour has backed the decision to reopen schools in September, but has said an effective test and trace system must be in place too.