Pupils will have to repeat parts of the previous school year and some subjects could be be scrapped entirely as part of the effort to off-set educational damage caused by coronavirus, it has been reported.
Kids will be put into ‘bubbles’ who will have their lessons, breaks and lunch together – as part of an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19.
Tomorrow the Government is expected to announce how all primary and secondary students will be back in the classroom by the start of the 20/21 academic year.
After six months away from their desks, stringent measures will be put in place to ensure things go smoothly and the chance of coronavirus outbreaks are minimised.
A key part of the plan will see the curriculum overhauled so that holes in pupils’ ‘core knowledge’ can be quickly filled, The Telegraph reports.
This could see Year Seven students retaught parts of the Year Six syllabus and some subjects entirely removed from timetables to make way for more English and Maths classes.
Even GCSE students may be asked to drop classes to concentrate on core subjects, it has been claimed.
The plans, reportedly seen by The Telegraph, says pupils will be assessed through regular quizzes to ensure they don’t fall behind.
Although social distancing will not be applied at all times, pupils will be grouped into ‘bubbles’ to limit the risk of transmission between class or year groups.
This should make it easier to identify which groups of students have the coronavirus, if they catch it.
The ‘bubbles’ will either be a class or an entire year group who have their lessons, breaks and lunchtime together.
It is also reported that furniture will be removed from classrooms to make space so pupils can sit further apart and students who test positive will have to self-isolate.
Teachers will reportedly be advised to stay in front of students and avoid face-to-face contact, while windows will be kept open where possible.
Year groups will be separated, meaning assemblies and sports games will be banned or changed significantly, it is thought Gavin Williamson will announce on Thursday.
In a bid to lower the risk of infections classes will be held outside where possible and lunch breaks staggered to lessen pupil contact, it is expected.
Schools will be urged to bring in new behaviour regimes to deal with pupils who ‘burst’ out of their bubbles, claims The Telegraph.
As with the rest of society, walking and cycling to school will be encouraged, instead of public transport.
Handwashing and additional cleaning will be put in place, although PPE will not be necessary for all, the report this evening says.
If a school has to close, then remote learning should be ready to roll out so home schooling can be quickly introduced.
Other changes reported by The Telegraph are that:
- All league tables ranking schools are to be suspended for next year.
- If there are more than two cases at a school within two weeks then the school must contact the local authority which will advise on further action.
- Mobile testing units may be sent to schools in the case of an outbreak.
The full details will be published on Thursday.