Lib Dems set out Five Point Plan to help pupils back to school

The Liberal Democrats have put forward a plan to “work in unity” at a local and national level to consider ways to safely open schools more widely in England and support disadvantaged pupils in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Presenting the Party’s Five Point Plan in a letter to the PM and Education Secretary, Layla Moran urged the Government to bring together council leaders, teachers, unions, experts and opposition politicians to agree a national plan for the safe, phased opening of schools more widely in England.
The plans put forward by the Liberal Democrats offer possible ways to get more pupils back in classrooms safely including:

  • Safe space registers enabling schools to use local buildings for social distancing
  • Recruiting additional staff through a Teach for Britain campaign
  • End the learning void by working with the private sector to ensure no child is unable to access their online learning environment
  • Develop a plan for flexible, phased reopening staggering key year groups
  • Stop the disadvantage gap from widening further by committing to free schools means through the summer and a new Summer Learning Fund so disadvantaged pupils can access education through the summer holiday.

Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, said: “We all want schools to open more widely. Every day pupils can’t be in school is a day lost, but safety must come first. We need to work together to get this right. That’s why I want to see the Government working politicians across the political spectrum, plus unions, teachers and local governments, to consider practical and flexible solutions for the safe, phased reopening of more schools in the future.

Education spokesperson Layla Moran

“My Five Point Plan outlines options that could help to facilitate the phased safe opening of our schools more widely, as well as measures to address the widening disadvantage gap, such as engaging with the private sector to make sure every child can access online learning, or a commitment to a Summer Learning Fund to support those most at risk of falling behind.

“We need to learn from successes elsewhere in order to ensure we get this right. Parents, Teachers and pupils all need to be confident that children can go back to the classroom without putting their health at risk. That is what these plans are all about.”

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