Lytham St. Anne’s Primary School’s websites share the dates when then will reopen this week to their young pupils for their first lessons of 2021. These dates are listed below. This local reopening comes amidst the national controversy on whether classes should start again as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases are on the rise.
This morning, on the Andrew Marr Show, Boris Johnson said that there was no doubt in his mind that primary schools are ‘safe’ as he insisted there would be no further U-turn on reopening most primaries.
Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman also said school closures should be kept to the absolute minimum, revealing that the first lockdown disrupted children’s learning and wider development. Writing in today’s Sunday Telegraph, she said Ofsted had found some younger children had ‘forgotten how to hold a pencil or use a knife and fork, and had regressed in basic language numbers’.
However, the UK’s largest teaching union advised members it was not safe to return to the classroom and demanded a move to online teaching. The National Education Union, which has over 450,000 members, said the Government was ‘failing to protect children, their families and our communities’, adding that teachers had a legal right to refuse to work.
Here are the starting dates for our children according to the school’s websites:
Starting tomorrow (Monday 4th January 2021):
Lytham C of E Primary School
Ansdell Primary School
St Peter’s R.C. Primary School
Lytham Hall Park Primary School
Heyhouses Endowed Primary School
Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School
Starting on Tuesday 5th January 2021
Clifton Primary School
St. Thomas C.E. Primary School
Mayfield Primary School