Pupils across England are set for a “mandatory” return to schools in September, the education secretary has announced, with children being restricted to “class or year sized bubbles” and teachers being told to overhaul the curriculum to “address gaps in knowledge”.
With the reintroduction of mandatory attendance, parents could be fined if they do not send their children back to school at the start of the autumn term.
The plans have been laid out for a full return after up to six months away on the same day schools in Leicester close again as part of the city’s lockdown extension.
To allow for a full reopening of schools, colleges and nurseries in September, restrictions on group sizes will be lifted and but a mixing of year groups – such as in assemblies – will be banned.
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