LIMITS on class numbers will be scrapped in schools from September and in nurseries from July, the Government has announced.
The new rules, confirmed by the Education Secretary, will also allow nannies to look after more kids at once.
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Nursrey class limits will be scrapped from July 20[/caption]
The 15-pupil ‘bubble’ limit will be scrapped – allowing schools to create ‘bubbles’ of a whole class or a whole year.
And limits on nursery group sizes will also be dropped from July 20.
Outlining how kids will catch up on lost learning in the months ahead, a release from the Government states: “Schools will be required to resume teaching a broad and balanced curriculum in all subjects, making use of existing flexibilities to create time to address gaps in knowledge.
“Schools should consider how all subjects can contribute to filling gaps in core knowledge.”
The statement also confirms exams will take place in 2021.
Speaking of the new freedoms, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Nothing can replace being in the classroom, so ever since schools, colleges and nurseries closed to most children, we have been working hard to ensure they can reopen as soon as possible.
“We have already seen more than 1.5 million children and young people return, but we must make sure all pupils can go back to school in September, giving them the opportunity to thrive and fulfil their potential.
“I want to reassure parents and families that we are doing everything we can to make sure schools, nurseries, colleges and other providers are as safe as possible for children and staff, and will continue to work closely with the country’s best scientific and medical experts to ensure that is the case.”
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Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries added: “Thanks to the hard work of everyone, including our teachers and all school staff, there has been a decline in the rate of COVID-19 transmission in our communities.
“A child’s education is essential to their healthy development – we know that missing too much school can have a negative impact on children’s mental and physical wellbeing.
“Everybody wants children to be safe and thankfully as we have learned more about COVID-19, the evidence has shown that the risk of severe disease in children is low. However, although the number of COVID-19 cases has declined, it is still in general circulation – so it important we ensure schools implement sensible precaution to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 and minimise any risk to teachers and their pupils.”