There has been wide spread speculation about whether children will be going back to school in the next few weeks.

Currently only the children of key workers are going in but the Prime Minister has said getting primary schools open is a priority.

But concerns have been voiced by many headteachers, who say reduced staff numbers, an inability to implement social distancing measures and a lack of PPE could make it hard for schools to reopen to more pupils.

Our Education Correspondent Peter Bearne has been speaking to headteachers like Roger Averis, who says they would have to make it work.

He runs St John’s Primary in Belper in Derbyshire and acknowledges social distancing for young children is challenging.

Meanwhile, Lisa Morgan from Walsall said if handled correctly certain year groups should go back in June – in Primary year 6 need to transition into secondary school and year 10 pupils need to get ready for exams in year 11.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Schools will remain closed, except for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, until the scientific advice indicates it is the right time to reopen and the five tests set out by Government to beat this virus have been met.

“We are also working closely with the sector as we consider how to reopen schools, nurseries and colleges, and will ensure everyone has sufficient notice to plan and prepare.”

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