Test 1: Much lower number of coronavirus cases compared to now as well as a “sustained downward trend”
Test 2: A National Plan for Social Distancing
Test 3: Massive Testing
Test 4: A Whole School Strategy to test the entire school if a case occurs
Test 5: Protections for vulnerable parents and other caregivers
The plan is included in a petition that “is supported by 66,000 parents, more than 150,000 teachers, almost 10,000 heads, and nearly 50,000 support staff. Over 7,000 doctors and health workers have signed it.” (NEU)
So why all the focus on the plan? Because the U.K. government, and everyone else, is now having discussions of when schools should open.
The Daily Telegraph editorial claims that teachers will use the Pandemic as an excuse to extort more money out of the government by striking.
The NEU is effectively on a go-slow. It doesn’t want its members to teach in school nor out of school. Whatever game it is playing, it doesn’t have children at heart. (Teachers are playing politics with our children's lives)
According to the NEU (UK Teacher’s Union), “this week Parentkind, a leading organisation representing parents, has endorsed the NEU’s 5 Tests for Government.”
If the Union is against teaching out of school, why is that?
Is it out of concern for “Zoom fatigue” of teachers?
Or, as @CygnusX1 asks,
Is this because teachers are worried that parents might be able to judge their teaching standards for the first time?
Ofsted inspections have continued during the Pandemic, so it’s not as if there has been no monitoring, review and measurement of teaching to established standards.
Well, actually, the inspections were suspended in March. Per The Independent, this was in part due to pressure from school leaders and groups such as the NEU (National Education Union).