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Comment on proposals for schools to begin reopening from 1 June

13th May 2020

Commenting on the government’s proposals for schools to begin reopening from 1 June, Sinéad Mc Brearty, CEO of Education Support said:

“As keyworkers, teachers and other education staff have responded remarkably to this unprecedented crisis, showing enormous determination, adaptability, kindness and care. Many continue to work at physical school sites; the rest are working hard to teach and support our children remotely.

“Educators want to be back with their pupils and students, and they want this return to be safe, planned and properly supported. The data around transmission and the guidance around safety are contested and unclear. The scientific basis for the return to school policy has not yet been shared. This generates uncertainty and low trust, which in turn is creating significant anxiety, confusion and concern across the education sector.   

“The mental health and wellbeing of our teachers is more important than ever, now and when classrooms reopen.”

Anyone working in education can call our free, confidential helpline, available 24/7 and speak to a trained counsellor on 08000 562561.

Education Support has produced a series of mental health resources for teachers, lecturers and support staff dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. View the resources here