Parents and teachers: should schools follow the example of Wales and close ahead of Christmas?

We’d like to hear from parents and teachers about whether schools in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland should follow Wales and switch to online learning in the run-up to Christmas

There is support amongst teachers schools in England to follow Wales’s lead and move learning online for the last week of term.
There is support amongst teachers schools in England to follow Wales’s lead and move learning online for the last week of term. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian
There is support amongst teachers schools in England to follow Wales’s lead and move learning online for the last week of term. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

Last modified on Mon 14 Dec 2020 04.53 EST

As the Christmas holidays approach, many schools are grappling with low attendance rates and staff shortages as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, the government has used emergency powers to threaten legal action against headteachers in England who want to allow their pupils to learn remotely in the final weeks of term.

The Welsh government has already announced that secondary schools in Wales will switch to online learning in the run-up to Christmas, and some unions are calling for other UK schools to do the same. We’d like to hear from parents and teachers about how they feel about schools remaining open in the run up to Christmas.

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