One in four head teachers are considering quitting because of the “stressful” coronavirus crisis and the demand to have children back, according to a survey of school leaders.
About one in ten teachers are also thinking about leaving the profession, said the industry app, Teacher Tapp.
In the past month, head teachers have prepared their schools for more students and have ensured that children are kept in ‘bubbles’ and two meters apart where possible. Many schools have also been open to the children of key workers because of the crisis.
Teacher Tapp asked education professionals if the coronavirus crisis caused them to leave more or less quickly, and 23 percent of the headteachers said this had made it more likely. That was ten percent for teachers.
Parents drop students off at Queen’s Hill Primary School as hundreds of thousands of children returned to class this week – only a quarter of teachers said they are considering quitting
Only one percent of the headteachers were less likely to leave, and three percent for teachers.
A Teacher Tapp spokesperson said, “School leaders are often more likely to pay off their mortgages and less likely to have children at home, which means they are better off financially.
However, they are often the most involved and those who are most likely to think that they will remain in the profession for a long time. So this is not good news. ‘
Hundreds of thousands of shelters, year one and year six returned to school on Monday – but an estimated 1.5 million children did not return due to concerned parents or schools unable to make room for them.
A primary school is forced to close after seven staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.
Arboretum Primary School in Derby will now undergo a thorough cleaning before students and staff can return.
Boris Johnson took a serious blow to his plans to get all primary school students back before the summer break, after school leaders said it would be “impossible” for some schools to get children back safely. In the photo: students from primary school St Michael’s C Of E in Bournemouth
Boris Johnson received a major blow last night for his plans to have all primary school students return before the summer break after school leaders said it would be ‘impossible’ for some schools to get children back safely. In the photo: students from primary school St Michael’s C Of E in Bournemouth
The school had been closed to the children of the main workers throughout the closure. More students were planned to be hired this week, in line with government guidelines, but it is now closing until next week.
Derby Diocesan Academy Trust (DDAT), which runs the school, said a staff member started showing symptoms. Subsequently, tests were performed on people they had come into contact with and another six workers were found positive for Covid-19. Four other employees tested negative for the virus. No children or parents show symptoms, the Trust said.
In a statement, a spokesperson said, “DDAT may confirm the temporary closure of Arboretum Primary School this week, as a number of employees have confirmed cases of Covid-19.
After a staff member reported symptoms, the school quickly identified all other staff members, parents / caregivers and / or children who may have had contact, and instructed them to isolate during the 14-day period recommended by the government.
“Since then, six members of staff have tested positive and four members of staff who have been in contact have tested negative.
“There have been no reports of parents / guardians or children showing symptoms.”
The school, in the Normanton area of the city, can accommodate more than 600 students aged two to eleven. The school was rated good by Ofsted at its last inspection in November 2017.
The Trust said the affected staff experienced only mild symptoms and recover well at home.
It added, “In line with the guidance, the school will be closed this week to complete a thorough clean and will reopen next week, initially for children of key workers and vulnerable children.” A local resident said Monday, “I thought something was wrong because there were no cars in the parking lot this morning and the school was closed.
“I recently saw kids go there, so it was odd that it was closed this week when schools were supposed to reopen.” The Normanton area is one of the most affected areas in the city, with 15 deaths from coronavirus.
There are 591 confirmed cases in Derby, out of a local population of 257,302, and 260 dead until May 22.
A spokesman for the Derby City Council said, “Seven members of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust, Arboretum Primary School staff tested positive for Covid-19.
“The school will reopen on Monday, June 8 and all those adults who may have been in contact with the affected personnel have been notified.”