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Children will return to class for the first time since January on March 8 The government, which yesterday revealed its proposed roadmap out of lockdown, reaffirmed its education commitments and vowed to focus more on the return of social contact But the changes will have no impact on all pupils and schoolchildren as ministers opted for a gradual approach to reopening

The children, apart from those of the main workers, are now six weeks away from the spring term without having set foot in the classroom

Experts had identified schools as vectors of COVID-19 transmission at the time, and the government withdrew children from education just a day after the Christmas holidays ended

The Prime Minister’s roadmap to get out of lockdown aims to get them back to school by March 8, he announced today

Although this is the first step in a four part roadmap, every schoolboy will come back in what people have described as a “big bang”

Dr Mary Bousted, joint secretary general of the National Education Union, said the current plan carries “a series of unnecessary risks”

Dr Bousted added that the government could end up pushing the R rate, one of its main tests for lockdown rules, above one, allowing the virus to spread “exponentially”

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She said: “This, in turn, could threaten the government’s only success Covid – the deployment of the vaccine – because of the potential for new variants, against which the vaccines appear to be less effective, to spread rapidly in schools and the community

“What is so different about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland taking a cautious and phased approach to opening schools that allows their governments to assess the impact on the rate of R and make the necessary adjustments to their plans? ”

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In a statement preceding today’s speech, Mr. Johnson said his cabinet based its decision on “the latest data”

He said: “Our priority has always been to get children back to school, which we know is crucial for their education as well as their mental and physical well-being, and we will also give the priority to the means allowing people to find their relatives safely

“Our decisions will be made on the latest data at every step, and we will be careful about this approach so as not to undo the progress we have made so far and the sacrifices each of you have made to protect yourself and others “

The change could allow people to sit together in a park for a picnic or a drink

Groups of up to six people from two households can meet from March 29, when the children leave for their Easter vacation

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