The teachers should be ready to "sacrifice their lives," says the ex-Ofsted boss

The former head of Ofsted said teachers must show "similar commitment" to medical professionals who, in some cases, have "sacrificed their lives".

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former school inspector, said there needs to be a "contracting" among teachers and that they need to show the same level of dedication as medical professionals who went "the extra mile" to help children with their studies during the pandemic to keep busy when schools return early next month.

Children will be back to school on March 8th and the government has launched a £ 700 million catch-up program to help children with learning difficulties as disadvantaged children have been months behind their peers.

Answering a question on BBC's Newsnight When asked if the learning gap between students with disadvantaged backgrounds and other students can be closed, he said, "It will be closed when there is real engagement and therefore there has to be a contracting."

“You have to compare this to last year's medical emergency and the commitment of medical professionals, nurses and doctors.

"They have gone the extra mile at a high cost for themselves and at a high cost for themselves and their families, their health – they have in some cases sacrificed their lives." We need a similar commitment from the teaching profession for the next academic year.

Dr. Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, briefed Sir Wilshaw's view, saying teachers had "gone well beyond the extra mile".

Ms. Bousted added: “The point is that the most disadvantaged children are disproportionately concentrated in the most disadvantaged schools.

"The teachers and support staff who work there are going well beyond the extra mile to support these children with very little help from Ofsted."

Under Boris Johnson's plans on Monday, England's stay-at-home order remains in place through at least March 29, despite the slight easing of restrictions and the return of schools.

UK chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said while infection rates fell, totals remained "very high", putting pressure on hospitals across the country.

"Vaccines give clear hope for the future, but for now we must all continue to do our part to protect the NHS and save lives," he said.

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