Chaos In Schools On The First Day Back

The big return to schools in England has been plunged into disarray with pupils being sent home with COVID less than an hour after arriving, and dozens of teachers were unable to go into school due to COVID and education chiefs warning that specialist subjects may have to be axed to deal with staff deficiencies.

As secondary school students returned to the classroom after the Christmas holiday, headteachers and union bosses forewarned of impending disruption due to the spread of COVID and isolation rules.

One headteacher said dozens of his staff are off sick with COVID.

Meanwhile, parents revealed how pupils were being sent home within an hour of arriving due to a positive lateral flow test.

It comes as the starkest warning yet, and the head of Ofqual has suggested schools may have to suspend specialist subjects and focus on core lessons as a way of coping with staff absence.

Ian Bauckham, chairman of the exams regulator, said emergency timetables may need to be adopted as schools struggle with teachers testing positive for COVID 19.

He said lessons such as Music, Physical education (PE) and Religious Education (RE) may have to be discarded to let teachers concentrate on core subjects such as maths, science and English.

He also warned that other practical subjects such as design and technology may have to take place in bigger classes.

School students were being swabbed on their return to school as part of a nationwide programme to catch cases, including asymptomatic ones, at the beginning of the new term.

Every secondary school student in England was to be given a lateral flow test when they arrived at their classroom, and the Government-backed testing scheme has been aimed at rooting out cases before the virus circulates through schools and back to the home, potentially sparking a sudden surge of self-isolation among parents, and students and staff would also be encouraged to test twice a week and to wear a face mask to lessons.

Despite the measures, school heads fear up to a quarter of their staff could be struck down with the virus this month, with unions warning a return to online teaching is unavoidable for some this term. One education leader reportedly said the problem could lead to something like a scene out of Mad Max.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi however insists face to face classes will stay the norm. The Department for Education (DfE) meanwhile has reportedly urged heads to deal with staff absence by teaching larger classes.

What we should be doing is. Stop testing healthy children and let them breathe, and the mild, unbeatable Omicron has made a mockery of COVID rules and sent authoritarians into an ideological quandary, and what they should do is change the rules or they will destroy the livelihood and the economy.

It’s time to be guided by the South African experience and this OCD testing should stop if you don’t have symptoms, and only isolate if you do.

And numerous schools have been stockpiling with iPads ready to hand out. Let’s just send the children home and then teachers can teach them from their cosy homes and just broadcast their lessons. No bad behaviour to deal with or disciplines to hand out. All they have to do is waffle on for about an hour and then set them some work to do online, and if the children are not there for their education then it’s not the teacher’s problem.

And there are many people out there that think that we should all be locked away in our wardrobe until the very last case of COVID has gone and now we’ve all become paranoid which is fuelling this problem even more.

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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