|‘Heads can refuse to reopen schools if they don’t think it’s safe’, say leadership unions.|
The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which between them represent tens of thousands of senior and middle leaders, said the final decision on whether to allow pupils back will rest with schools themselves.
In an email to NAHT members, general secretary Paul Whiteman said school leaders “are still the people who know their schools best”.
“If the national guidance (once known) cannot be safely applied to your school, you will retain the power along with your governing body or trust board, to make decisions regarding the safety of pupils and staff based on your own individual risk assessments”.
“This may ultimately mean that schools are not in a position to expand pupil numbers in the way the government has indicated on 1 June”.