Normality returning to British schools
After months of limited online tuition during the winter, British schools have almost returned to business as usual.
In May, pupils were freed of the obligation to wear masks and lessons, with practical sessions taking place, have the feel of pre-freedom pandemic. Pupils are enjoying performing together in drama studios and playing together in music sessions.
Consequently, boarders from across the globe have returned to school to enjoy the freedoms and breadth of education.
● The benefits of vaccination
The U.K. continues to make excellent progress with its vaccination programme. Nearly 41 million adults have received their first vaccination and 28 million their second. Vaccinations are currently being offered to the 25 – 29 age group.
In addition, the Pfizer Covid vaccine has been approved for future use with 12 -15 year olds.
Currently, research is being undertaken into a third vaccination, to be given from September 2021, to boost immunity against new variants such as the more infectious Delta virus.
● Taming COVID – 19
As a result of this successful vaccination programme, the number of hospitalisations for COVID – 19 has fallen significantly and subsequent deaths are now below the level usually recorded for influenza.
● A busy school summer
Schools have created busy sports fixture lists with pupils enjoying a healthy summer term of athletics, cricket, rounders, rowing, swimming and tennis. Some schools even have plans in place for end-of-term summer balls.
● The end of restrictions
The government has stated that nearly all Covid – 19 restrictions will end sometime after June 21st, currently that date looks likely to occur in July.
Consequently, schools are highly optimistic of a normal academic year operating for 2021 – 22.