Govt must publish plan for reopening schools now

The Liberal Democrats have today warned the Education Secretary needs “a clear and transparent plan agreement with individual schools” before schools can be reopened, and has called on the Government to publish its plan now.

The calls follows the Education Secretary confirming a plan was in place to the Education Select Committee this morning. The Liberal Democrats want the the Government to follow the lead of Wales’ Lib Dem education secretary, Kirsty Williams, who earlier this week published 5 guiding principles for determining how and when Welsh schools should reopen.

In the letter to the Education Secretary, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran calls for schools to be individually risk assessed before they can be reopened. This assessment would give the Government a clear idea of how much PPE is needed in each school.

Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said:

“Once again, Kirsty Williams in Wales is showing the Department for Education the way. Her five point plan for reopening schools is exactly what we need in England. The Government should publish its plan, now we know there is one, as confirmed by the Education Secretary this morning.

“Reopening schools can’t be a top-down affair. The number and type of risks is complex and will differ from school to school. The Government needs to work with school leaders now, not later, to put this in place ahead of time. Only when school staff have the PPE they need, as per their risk assessment, should they be able to reopen.

“The Liberal Democrats are calling for the Government to publish its plan for reopening schools in England and to work with schools urgently to begin risk assessing so that the danger to children, staff and parents when they do reopen is minimised.”