Emma Seith

Getting back to the grindstone is now more daunting than ever

Schools returning from their October break are coming back to a much riskier environment than in September – and vulnerable teachers are worried, says Emma Seith

Covid in Scottish schools

Today marks the end of the first week that Scottish schools are back en masse from their October break. The holidays are over now for teachers and pupils, and it’s back to the grindstone.

For some, that will have meant that Monday presented the usual post-holiday challenge, when the effort to remove apparently leaden bedclothes seems so gargantuan you wonder how you will ever summon up the strength – but then, somehow, you do. For other teachers, though, going back through the school gates will have been even more onerous: many are now genuinely afraid.

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