Parents United in the news

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Keep masks in schools until at least June, say experts

Teachers’ unions and scientists have written to education secretary Gavin Williamson calling on him to keep a requirement for masks to be worn in secondary schools, despite ministerial hopes that this rule can be lifted when lockdown restrictions ease from 17 May.

Gemma speaks to David Lammy on LBC about the #FreshAirSchools Open letter.

Find the Open Letter here: https://www.parentsunited.net/open-letter-to-uk-education-ministry-heads/

Parents United member talks to Radio 4’s You and Yours about home learning

Speaking to Radio 4’s You and Yours, Gemma describes the experience of being at home with her children as “a mixed bag”, including some moments of true joy. …

Following our reply to the Prime Minister’s open letter to parents, we were invited to speak about it with Natasha Devon at LBC, and to ask what we think the government should do now to support parents, children and young people.

Parents United on LBC with Natasha Devon

Following our reply to the Prime Minister’s open letter to parents, we were invited to speak about it with Natasha Devon at LBC, and to ask what we think the…

Parents Utd on This Morning. Our member Kerrie talking about home schooling with Phil and Holly.

Parents United member Kerrie, mum of two from Suffolk, talks to Phil and Holly about the multitude of reasons behind her decision to keep her children off s…

‘It can be life or death’: the parents in England refusing to send their children back to school

chools are losing touch with some of the most vulnerable families across England during the pandemic, as the threat of truancy fines leads parents to de-register their children, with many feeling abandoned and isolated. The government has said that parents who do not send their children back to school should face the usual penalties for non-attendance.

Parents’ views on schools reopening as poll suggests a third won’t be sending their child back

Reopening schools has been a contentious issue, and the Prime Minister has now urged parents to send their children back in September, warning further absence from education will be “more damaging” than Covid-19.

Sarah on BBCRadio5 Live “We need a leader; not a Peter Pan!”

Sarah, a Parent appearing on BBCRadio5 Live 10th August 2020 appearing alongside a molecular epidemiologist from Switzerland, Dr Emma Hodcroft.Sarah is a mot…

Wokingham Today: Call for Wokingham parents to trust the teachers and engage with school reopenings

Parents Utd on BBC Radio Scotland. Annie, a parent of 3 is not sending her children back to school.

BBC Radio Scotland Lunchtime Live. Annie is in Aberdeen, she has three children aged 5, 9 and 12. Between them they attend two different schools.Annie was in…

BRTUS at iSAGE meeting on schools 14th August 2020

A parent, a student and a teacher from our campaign group asked questions at today’s Independent Sage meeting on schools.One comment in particular really res…

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“Government has vastly inflated the seriousness of Covid-19” – councillor’s response to concerned mother.

A Rainham mother of two concerned about the safety of her children returning to school in September was shocked to receive a response from her local councillor telling her that the Government has vastly inflated the seriousness of Covid-19 and that they have been promoting fear porn.

Time 107.5: Rainham Councillor criticised for claiming Covid-19 threat has been inflated

Sheffield teachers and parents raise concerns of getting children back to school

Teachers, parents and carers across Sheffield are urging the government to re-think the decision to allow some primary students to go back to school when lockdown is relaxed -with concerns over safety. It’s after Boris Johnson laid out lockdown easing plans, that would enable primary schools across the country to reopen “in stages” from June 1, if the rate of infection remained low.

The Star: Parents applaud Sheffield City Council’s decision not to encourage schools to reopen next week

Rainham mother’s shock as councillor dismisses coronavirus pandemic as ‘fear porn’

Published: 5:00 PM August 24, 2020 Updated: 12:54 PM October 13, 2020 A Rainham mother has made a formal complaint about a Havering councillor, claiming he sent her coronavirus conspiracy theories in response to her concerns about schools reopening. Stacey McCann, 33, said she was left “stunned” by an email she received from independent councillor David Durant.

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Johnson says ‘vitally important’ children return to school

It’s crucial for children’s education and wellbeing to be back in the classroom, while the risk of catching coronavirus is “very very low” – that’s the message from the prime minister today as schools in England and Wales prepare for pupils to start back.

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‘I would remove my children from school even if I was threatened with a fine’

Schools face an uncertain future as plans are made for the return of pupils. What are parents’ concerns? Schools in England are due to open their gates next week, with the Prime Minister insisting that it is “vitally important that we get our children back into the classroom”.

Parents United on BBC Radio Shropshire 25/08/20

Mother of two Amy has deregistered her 5 year old daughter from school and has elected to home educate as she fears that bringing the virus home from school…

Home Education UK

Home Education UK. The UK’s premier source of free support since 2000. With over 200 pages we provide support, for home educating parents & Children. We are the home page for a number of support mailing lists and other resources and sister site to Educational Heretics Press.

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Parents United on Mid-morning on BBC Radio Sheffield With Paulette Edwards

Nicola is a Mum and a home care-worker. Her daughter has respiratory issues and learning disabilities.Nicola cares for her elderly father, and has negotiated…

Mum-of-two refuses to send children back to school amid pandemic

Published: 3:44 PM September 2, 2020 Updated: 9:48 PM October 31, 2020 An “absolutely petrified” mother-of-two is refusing to send her children back to school during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, claiming there will be no social distancing, no face coverings and classes of more than 30 students in one room.

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