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Head teachers' union slams 'lack of consultation' on schools return in Northern Ireland

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Schools across the UK closed more than eight weeks ago due to the coronavirus outbreak, remaining open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers (PA)

Schools across the UK closed more than eight weeks ago due to the coronavirus outbreak, remaining open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers (PA)

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Schools across the UK closed more than eight weeks ago due to the coronavirus outbreak, remaining open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of key workers (PA)

Head teachers in Northern Ireland have hit back at the Education Minister over his claim that he is consulting widely with them over plans for a return to school for pupils.

They say they were caught completely unaware by the announcement on Thursday that pupils in key years, such as those taking GCSEs or A-levels, and those transitioning from primary to secondary schools, will be the first to return in late August.

A wider phased return for other pupils is to follow in September, but Mr Weir said this would involve a mix of learning at school and from home.