Boris Johnson plans to allow pupils from year six, year one and reception to return to the classroom from June 1 – which would mean Princess Charlotte, five, should go back to school. But Kate and Prince William are understood to be keen to keep homeschooling Charlotte, as her older brother Prince George, six, would have to stay at home as he is one of the year groups not yet permitted to return to school.
It is believed Kate and Prince William want to send George and Charlotte back to school at the same time.
In response, Express.co.uk asked its readers whether the royal couple should send their five-year-old back to class.
The poll, carried out from 9.30am to 10pm on May 27, asked: “Should Kate and William send Charlotte back to school on June 1?”
The majority of the 955 respondents suggested the Cambridges should not send the young royal back to Thomas’s Battersea, the school she attends with her older brother.
Over half of readers, 56 percent (487) said “no”, while 38 percent (409) voted “yes”.
Six percent (59) responded “don’t know”.
Keeping the young royal at home could undermine the Government’s attempts to get pupils back in the classroom, especially when numerous teaching unions, head teachers and parents have criticised the plan to reopen schools to younger year groups.
But one reader pointed out that Kate and William may not need to follow official advice, as Charlotte attends a private school.
They wrote: “She’s at a private school.
Professor Lee Elliot Major, an expert in social mobility at Exeter University, said: “One of the things private schools pride themselves on is small class sizes.
“That would suggest they have more space in which to spread out and ensure that social distancing can be adhered to.”
Julie Robinson, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, which represents more than 1,300 schools, said each school will need to decide whether it is safe to reopen.
She said: “School leaders are thinking about how they could approach a phased return, taking into account their individual circumstances and the need to prioritise the wellbeing of their school community.
“Individualised risk assessments will be required and each school will consult and consider the best course of action in its own circumstances.
“The ISC and its associations are awaiting further details from the Government about re-opening, which we hope will bring greater clarity for schools, such as what the re-opening of boarding – including quarantine for international students – will look like.
“We continue to recommend that independent schools follow government guidance at this difficult time.”
UK schools first closed their doors on March 20, but remain open for the children of key workers.
Published at Wed, 27 May 2020 20:37:00 +0000