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Brookfield Community School head teacher provides his reaction to yesterday's school closures announcement

Mr. Keith Hirst spoke to Peak FM earlier today and you can hear the full interview below.

Schools and colleges across the UK are preparing to close to all pupils tomorrow - except those of key workers.

GCSE's and A-levels in both England and Wales will be cancelled - although the Prime Minister says there are plans for students to receive qualifications.

Keith Hirst is the headteacher at Brookfield Community School in Chesterfield.

He says the postponement of exams has disappointed many pupils there;

"That's the greatest lack of clarity I think right now. I've spoken with a lot of year eleven and year thirteen students this morning. There's a lot of uncertainty around what the plan will be for them. A lot of them are naturally disappointed. 

"Could the exams be moved back until later in the summer? Well, we simply don't know where the pandemic will be by then. Could we use predicted grades? Well, that's also massively problematic, in terms of different schools using different methodologies for identifying predicted grades."

Mr. Hirst remains confident that teachers there will continue to do their best in challenging circumstances;

"We'll be working with the children of key workers and vulnerable children, but we'll also be setting and planning learning for children who can't attend school, and reminding staff of how vital that role is."
 

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