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Going to school is best for children’s wellbeing and future

Published
06.11.2020

Recognising the importance of education on a young person’s wellbeing and future, early years settings, schools, colleges and universities will remain open during the national Covid-19 restrictions.

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The national advice is that schools are the best place for children and young people to be at this time. Evidence shows that a lack of education has a damaging impact on children, and going to school improves their wellbeing as well as their future life chances. This is particularly true for children from the most deprived families.

The risk to children in this environment is also very low. There has been a very low rate of children having a severe illness from Covid-19 in comparison to adults.

Teachers and school staff continue to do a fantastic job at putting in place protective measures to keep transmission of the virus in children and young people very low in Gloucestershire.

Data from 26 October, shows only 16 schools, out of 300 in Gloucestershire had confirmed cases of Covid-19 in just 21 students.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education, economy and skills, said: “It’s right that children’s wellbeing and their futures are the absolute priority while we continue to face this virus. Schools have worked really hard to make sure they can provide a safe learning environment for their pupils and the evidence shows this is the best place for them. We will continue to work closely with teachers to support them every step of the way so our young people can continue to grow and thrive.”

Find more information and guidance on Covid-19 at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/covid-19-information-and-advice.

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