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Primary schools ‘open for all’ by summer hols

ALL primary school pupils will be back in the classroom for at least a month before the summer break — ‘if feasible’.

The plans published yesterday aim for pre-school children and Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils to be back in school from June 1, ensuring ‘maximum time with their teachers’.

The strategy added secondary schools should prepare for ‘face-to-face contact’ with Year 10 and 12 students — and clarified paid childcare can take place so parents can ‘return to work’.

But more than 400,000 people have signed a petition calling for parents to have a choice on sending their children back to school if they reopen in June.

The National Education Union warned: ‘It is not safe yet. This timetable is reckless.’

And the Early Years Alliance said the ‘vague outline of a strategy’ is ‘unhelpful’ for childcare.