School safety plans will keep groups apart

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(Source: BBC News)

The government has published its safety plans for England's return to school in September - built on the principle of keeping classes or whole year groups apart in separate "bubbles". Schools will have testing kits to give to parents if children develop coronavirus symptoms in school.

Mobile testing units may be sent to schools which have an outbreak. The education secretary said there must be a "concrete determination" to get pupils back to class. "By working together we will make sure that their hopes and dreams for the future are not to be knocked off course," Gavin Williamson told journalists.

"We cannot sit back and... just say that children are not going to go back to school." He said a "system of control" would "minimise the risk" from Covid-19.

Children will not be taught a "watered-down" curriculum, he added - insisting that it will be "world-class ". Labour's shadow education secretary Kate Green accused the government of being "asleep at the wheel" over getting children back into school full-time.

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