School class sizes may double from 15 to 30 kids in September return, says government – Latest News


This comes as Boris Johnson has suggested the two-metre social distancing rule could be scrapped, telling Brits to “watch this space”.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson made the announcement in yesterday’s daily briefing at Downing Street – currently kids are taught in protective bubbles of 15.

As Brits prepare to transition to a “new normal,” the government has announced plans looking to increase the current protective “bubble” of 15 to 30 in classes, to get more kids back to school in September

Schools classes are currently in a protective bubble of 15

Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson announced increasing sizes by September

If one child in the “bubble” tests positive, all 15 have to isolate for two weeks, reports Mirror Online.

Pupils returning to school in September could see an increase in class sizes, after weeks of smaller “bubbles,” in a bid to get more children back to school.

Currently, the small class sizes ensure social distancing measures are met as pupils are able to sit apart.

He told the Downing Street briefing: “This is why we’ve said clearly we’re going to be publishing the further guidance within the next two weeks so that schools have the maximum amount of time to prepare for the next phase of welcoming children back.”

The Education Secretary said schools would be given fresh guidance on changes to social distancing rules in the next two weeks.

Increasing the maximum class size to 30 would mean entire classes could have to go into isolation if a single pupil tests positive.

But he didn’t confirm whether this would see classes return full-time.

And he repeated Boris Johnson’s commitment to have all children of all ages back into schools from September.

Gavin Williamson said: “We’ve been creating bubbles of children in the classroom, creating a protective environment for those children.

“Currently that is at 15, what we would be looking at doing is expanding those bubbles to include the whole class.”

Mr Williamson added: “We recognise there is still going to have to be protective measures put in place to make sure children are safe and make sure that teachers and all those who work in school are safe as well, and that is why we are going to be issuing further guidance in the next two weeks.”

He said signs the virus was reducing meant ministers could look at “making sure every child returns to school”.

He added: “School is vital for every one of our children. That is why we will bring all children, in all year groups, back to school in September.

“While many children have already returned to school, I do understand that there is anxiety still among parents.


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