The first day back at school for millions of children in England has “gone well”, say head teachers.

They  are reporting high levels of take-up of Covid tests and compliance with  new rules on wearing masks in secondary school classrooms.

Primary schools have opened in full, but most secondary schools are phasing a return to allow time for Covid tests.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it as a “big day and an emotional day” for families.

At  a Downing Street press conference he thanked parents for teaching their  children at home: “We all know that the burden has disproportionately  fallen on women – often holding down jobs and providing childcare at the  same time.”

The latest coronavirus figures for the UK show:

After  more than two months of studying at home, pupils have gone back to the  classroom – and an instant survey from the ASCL head teachers’ union  suggests attendance levels are “good” and Covid testing is going ahead  as planned.

Source – BBC News

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