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Johnson confirms his government will continue with plans to reopen schools despite safety concerns

THE PRIME Minister has confirmed the government will continue with plans for children to return to schools despite concerns from workers. 

Speaking during Sunday’s daily government briefing, Boris Johnson announced that school reopenings on June 1 will take place as planned. 

As part of a “phase two” of the government’s plan to exit lockdown, a phased return of pupils from reception, year one and year six will begin in any schools where it is judged safe to do so. 

The Tory leader said the decision was taken following discussions with educators and trade unions, and the final decision will be taken as part of the legal review of lockdown measures on Thursday.

NASUWT and National Education Union representatives have repeatedly raised concerns about the safety of staff and students in schools if classes were to return.

Mr Johnson said: “It is important for us to be clear about the government’s intention now. We will continue to consider all of the evidence. 

“We are making good progress but that progress is conditional, provisional.”

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