BRTUS in the news

We have garnered significant media coverage. Links to some of our work can be found below:

BRTUS on BBC 1 News with Victoria Derbyshire 25/08/20

Single parent of 9 year old Autistic boy, Jennifer Dunstan, is disabled herself and fears catching the virus. She is demanding that the PM withdraw the threa…

BRTUS on This Morning. BRTUS member Kerrie talking about home schooling with Phil and Holly.

BRTUS member Kerrie, mum of two from Suffolk, talks to Phil and Holly about the multitude of reasons behind her decision to keep her children off school, ho…

‘It can be life or death’: the parents in England refusing to send their children back to school

chools are losing touch with some of the most vulnerable families across England during the pandemic, as the threat of truancy fines leads parents to de-register their children, with many feeling abandoned and isolated. The government has said that parents who do not send their children back to school should face the usual penalties for non-attendance.

BRTUS on GMB with Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid, Devi Sridhar and Robert Halfon MP.

Jen from Sheffield explains that the government’s ‘one size fits all’ approach is not fit for purpose, and that fining parents is unfair. She welcomes the go…

Parents’ views on schools reopening as poll suggests a third won’t be sending their child back

Reopening schools has been a contentious issue, and the Prime Minister has now urged parents to send their children back in September, warning further absence from education will be “more damaging” than Covid-19.

Sarah on BBCRadio5 Live “We need a leader; not a Peter Pan!”

Sarah, a Parent appearing on BBCRadio5 Live 10th August 2020 appearing alongside a molecular epidemiologist from Switzerland, Dr Emma Hodcroft. Sarah is a mo…

Wokingham Today: Call for Wokingham parents to trust the teachers and engage with school reopenings

BRTUS on BBC Radio Scotland. Annie, a parent of three is not sending her children back to school.

BBC Radio Scotland Lunchtime Live. Annie is in Aberdeen, she has three children aged 5, 9 and 12. Between them they attend two different schools. Annie was i…

BRTUS at iSAGE meeting on schools 14th August 2020

A parent, a student and a teacher from our campaign group asked questions at today’s Independent Sage meeting on schools. One comment in particular really re…

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Metro Newspaper: Mum saving £4,000 to take on school fines rather than send son back to classroom

“Government has vastly inflated the seriousness of Covid-19” – councillor’s response to concerned mother.

A Rainham mother of two concerned about the safety of her children returning to school in September was shocked to receive a response from her local councillor telling her that the Government has vastly inflated the seriousness of Covid-19 and that they have been promoting fear porn.

BRTUS on LBC Radio 4th August 2020 Ian Payne show. Schools reopening.

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Parents refuse to send kids back to school and share snaps with powerful message

Parents across England are sharing powerful images of their children’s school shoes as they refuse to send them back into the classroom. Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 are returning today for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown was imposed on March 23.

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Calls for a boycott as pupils go back to school in York

MANY York schools welcomed back pupils on Monday – but a petition calling on parents to boycott the decision had already received more than 1,000 signatures. City of York Council said that “all but a few schools have opened to a wider number of pupils”, while nine Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust primary schools reopened part-time.

Stop the re-opening of York schools on 1st June

Five days ago I started a petition with the aim of lobbying City of York Council into standing up to the government, as many other Northern Local Authorities have, by refusing to open schools on 1st June. A decision which would be consistent with the advice of the Independent Sage Committee, published on 22nd May.

Time 107.5: Rainham Councillor criticised for claiming Covid-19 threat has been inflated

Sheffield teachers and parents raise concerns of getting children back to school

Teachers, parents and carers across Sheffield are urging the government to re-think the decision to allow some primary students to go back to school when lockdown is relaxed -with concerns over safety. It’s after Boris Johnson laid out lockdown easing plans, that would enable primary schools across the country to reopen “in stages” from June 1, if the rate of infection remained low.

The Star: Parents applaud Sheffield City Council’s decision not to encourage schools to reopen next week

Teachers, educators and parents speak out against UK September school reopening

Teachers, educators , and parents spoke to the WSWS in opposition to the Johnson government’s plan to fully reopen schools in September despite the heightened risks from COVID-19 transmission. Sam and Jane are two teachers from Yorkshire.

BBC Radio 5 live – Stephen Nolan, 23/08/2020

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Rainham mother’s shock as councillor dismisses coronavirus pandemic as ‘fear porn’

Archant A Rainham mother has made a formal complaint about a Havering councillor, claiming he sent her coronavirus conspiracy theories in response to her concerns about schools reopening. The full email David Durant sent to a mother whose children are at high risk from covid-19 due to medical problems. Stacey McCann, 33, said she was left “stunned” by an email she received from independent councillor David Durant.

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Johnson says ‘vitally important’ children return to school

It’s crucial for children’s education and wellbeing to be back in the classroom, while the risk of catching coronavirus is “very very low” – that’s the message from the prime minister today as schools in England and Wales prepare for pupils to start back.

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‘I would remove my children from school even if I was threatened with a fine’

Schools face an uncertain future as plans are made for the return of pupils. What are parents’ concerns? Schools in England are due to open their gates next week, with the Prime Minister insisting that it is “vitally important that we get our children back into the classroom”.

BRTUS on BBC Radio York With Jules Bellerby (24/08/2020)

Mother of two Corinne on BBC radio York talking about the return to school for parents in England and the BRTUS traffic lights system. #Education #BRTUS #BBC…

BRTUS on BBC Radio Shropshire 25/08/20

Mother of two Amy has deregistered her 5 year old daughter from school and has elected to home educate as she fears that bringing the virus home from school …

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10 things wrong with the government’s return to school ‘plan’

I’m writing this as a mother to two young children, a daughter of elderly parents and a sister to a teacher. Not only that, but I also write as a representative of 8,000+ parents, carers and school staff who share my concerns about the government’s return to school plans, and demand better, as part of the BRTUS: Parents United campaign group.

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Fining parents in York who don’t send children to school in September “appalling”

A LOCAL campaign group is calling on the council to re-think its policy to fine parents who do not send their children back to school from September – and has the backing of a York MP.

BRTUS on Mid-morning on BBC Radio Sheffield With Paulette Edwards

Nicola is a Mum and a home care-worker. Her daughter has respiratory issues and learning disabilities. Nicola cares for her elderly father, and has negotiate…

Mum-of-two refuses to send children back to school amid pandemic

PA Wire/PA Images An “absolutely petrified” mother-of-two is refusing to send her children back to school during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, claiming there will be no social distancing, no face coverings and classes of more than 30 students in one room.