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Should I be teaching my child from home? Which children are going into school in Suffolk? Are schools providing resources?

Parents need not attempt to teach their children while schools are closed, Suffolk County Council has said.

In line with other authorities, the council is providing a skeleton education service for vulnerable young people and the offspring of key workers during the coronavirus crisis.

The county council has not stated how many children are currently going into the schools, but has issued guidelines for parents.

County councillor Mary Evans
County councillor Mary Evans

Councillor Mary Evans, cabinet member for education, said: “The priority at this time is to keep children in Suffolk safe and well.

"I want to reassure parents that they are not expected to be teachers and shouldn’t feel pressured to be."

"I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to school leaders and staff including early years settings, who are working so hard in these challenging times to enable schools and settings across Suffolk to open their doors for vulnerable children and the children of key workers where they need a school place.

"The primary purpose of schools at this time is childcare and the level of education being delivered will depend upon the individual school and students.

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“I would also like to thank parents who are educating their children at home, this is an extremely unsettling time and I want to reassure parents that they are not expected to be teachers and shouldn’t feel pressured to be.

"Many schools are providing excellent resources for children and young people to learn at home which we hope parents will find useful, but learning does not only come from doing this type of work and we support parents in educating their children in a ways which work for them.”

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