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Combine classes in case of Covid staff shortages, DfE tells teachers in England | Schools

Ministers have asked school principals in England to start preparing for staff shortages by using support staff to fill in the gaps, combining classes or using blended learning, with some classes being taught remotely and some face-to-face.

In an email sent to schools on Sunday, the Department of Education (DfE) advised them to tackle the staff shortage by integrating classes into larger groups.

The email said: “You may wish to use your existing teaching, temporary staff, and support staff more flexibly when needed to ensure your setup remains open, while ensuring that you continue to have appropriate support in place for pupils who have [special education needs and disabilities].

“Since pupils don’t need to stay in consistent groups, you may want to consider combining classes.”