Pupils could be taught in ‘protective bubbles’ in NI schools

Many pupils are set to be taught in small group “pods” or “bubbles” when schools reopen in Northern Ireland, it has emerged.

An empty classroom
An empty classroom

Children would remain in the same small classes every day they are in school to reduce mixing with others.

According to the BBC it is one of the measures proposed by a Department of Education (DE) working group.

Education Minister Peter Weir wants pupils in primary seven and about to sit GCSEs and A-levels to return to school on 17 August.

However Mr Weir has told some principals that school holidays could be altered later in the 2020-21 academic year to ensure contractual agreements with teachers are not broken if schools open for some pupils on 17 August.

From August, teaching will be split between the classroom and remote learning

The planned return of year 7, year 12 and year 14 in August is expected to be followed by a “phased” return of other year groups from September.

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