It is beyond disrespectful to announce at this late stage in the term plans for mass lateral flow testing in schools in the new year.
Teachers and school leaders have been worked to the bone this term and have done everything in their power to keep children safe, sometimes in almost impossible circumstances. Once again we’re seeing the government make announcements, with no clarity or guidance to back it up and all the responsibility and therefore blame is handed down to schools.
I’ve met with the council today to discuss how we can support local schools better and I’ll be working with the schools and local teaching unions to make sure they have everything they need in the new year to help keep themselves and children safe.
I want to say thank you to all teachers and teaching staff in Sheffield who have gone above and beyond this year.