Most council leaders and teaching unions have expressed concern over the reopening of schools in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
The government is under pressure from councils and unions to reconsider the scheme to reopen English primary schools to some pupils from the 1st of June. Eleven councils are against this idea and have expressed their concern about the safety of children and staff.
Another teaching union NASUWT expressed that it remained “unconvinced” reopening schools was “appropriate practicable”.
The general secretary of the union, Patrick Roach, said that the government had “thus far failed to win the trust and confidence of teachers about the safety of reopening of schools”.
He added: “It is now imperative that the government takes every available opportunity to provide the necessary assurances that teachers are seeking”.
A number of schools for pupils have been closed since the 20th of March as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The government said that their plan to reopen schools was based on the “best scientific and medical advice”. However, most parents and guardians are unsure about the safety of their children when they sent them back to school.
The Department for Education spokeswoman said: “We want children back in schools as soon as possible because being with their teachers and friends is so important for their education and their wellbeing.
“Plans for a cautious, phased return of some year groups from 1 June, at the earliest, are based on the best scientific and medical advice. The welfare of children and staff has been at the heart of all decision making.”