Two prominent multi-academy trusts are breaking ranks on the government’s plan for a wider reopening of schools from 1 June.
The Elliot Foundation and Dixons Academies Trust, which have a combined total of 40 primary, infant and all-through schools, say they will not be opening to more children until 8 June at the earliest – a week after the government’s current reopening target.
A group of leading scientists has warned that a 1 June reopening of
schools would be too early for pupils to return to classrooms safely.
The ‘Independent Sage’ committee, chaired by former chief scientific
adviser Sir David King, has carried out new modelling showing that the
risk to children would be halved if ministers delayed their planned
school opening date by two weeks.
The committee says the later reopening date would allow for more time for an effective “test, trace and isolate” programme to be established.
A lack of records from a collapsed free school hampered an
investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a child with learning
difficulties, a damning review has found.
A Manchester Safeguarding Partnership report into allegations that the child was abused by their step-grandfather also said that an inability to contact former staff – alongside a lack of forensic evidence – contributed to not being able to secure a conviction.