Giving parents a voice in the debate
CALLING FOR A CLEAR
FUNDED PLAN TO GET ALL CHILDREN SAFELY BACK TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER
Why? To help teachers to prepare for a new season of learning, parents to plan their work and childcare, and our children to know that they will be back learning safely with their friends.
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As the government guidance for England's schools reopening in September has been announced, the detail of how this will be achieved is still being worked through. To ensure that there is a plan that can be implemented so all children can return safely to school in September AND contingency, should there be a local lockdown or second wave, please show your support in the following ways...
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Write a letter to your MP
The voice of parents has been conspicuously absent so far in the debate on reopening schools in England. A great way to make your voice heard is to write to your MP. The more of us who do write, the more likely children's needs will be priotritised as lockdown eases.
Please use our template letter and MP finder to send your letter — and please do spread the word.
Thank you to everyone who fed back on their home schooling experiences
Giving parents a voice
Thank you so much for responding to our call for feedback on homeschooling. We have read each and every story that you have sent.
We submitted the first set of feedback to the ESC on 5th July which included 250+ stories and this has now been published on their website. We will send the next submission which contains over 1700 stories in the next few days.
The current situation is not sustainable, workable or fair and we will keep encouraging the government to listen to the voice of parents in the debate on reopening schools.
Our campaign objective
The government announcement, on Friday 19th June, that provision will be made for all children, in all year groups to be back to school in September is very welcome news.
Our campaign focus is on ensuring there is a clear, funded and practical plan in place to deliver on this commitment.
Teachers need to prepare for a new season of learning, parents need to plan their work and childcare, and our children need to know that they will be back learning safely with their friends.
With the right people around the table (including head teachers, unions, parent bodies, local authorities and the DfE), and with a solutions-focused mindset, it will be possible to find a safe and practical way forward.
What was Parliamentary motion 621?
Supporting our campaign the MP for Twickenham, Munira Wilson, has tabled a Parliamentary motion that presses the Government to urgently devise a plan to enable children to safely return to school in September.
The Early Day Motion was presented to the House on the 24th June and has been signed up by 10 MPs from the Lib Dems, Conservative, Labour and Green Party proving this is a genuine cross party concern.
Read the campaign details and the detailed objective set out in the motion on Munira Wilson's website by clicking below.
Join us in calling for
a safe and practical plan that gets all our children
back to school.
"It's great that the Government has backed the tutoring idea, and that will help hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged pupils.
But we need urgent clarity on the next school year. We need to make sure schools reopen in September. This is the much bigger challenge, and will make the biggest difference of all."
Prof Lee Eliot Major
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The September for Schools campaign was set up in June 2020.
It is run and personally funded by the September for Schools Working Group of four parents.