Nelson’s Blog


I hope I find you well and everyone in your family are safe.

I know this continues to be a difficult time for all of us and please reach out to me if you do have anything you would like to discuss.

I am now writing to you because you will have seen the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May whereby he outlined a roadmap to recovery. Further to this announcement we have read the 50-page document that gives further detail to the Government’s plans.

On Tuesday, the Chancellor announced the extension of the furlough scheme to the end of October and we will know more details at the end of May.

So, what do we know?

It is the intention week beginning 1st June primary schools may re-open. We know that is the earliest they could open but we do not know if they will and exactly when. We also know they will only be open for reception, year one and year six children, alongside vulnerable and key worker children. We do not know how the schools will make this work to enable social distancing in the classroom and the dining room.

What we are doing right now is collaborating with all our clients to work through a number of different solutions, however you can be assured these discussions are very much focused on your safety, as well as the children and staff, and exploring differing ways of simplifying the menu.

We believe it is unlikely secondary schools will open before September. We know they wish students from year 10 and year 12 to have some contact time with their teachers but we do not anticipate the dining rooms being open.

What does this mean to me?

You will be paid in May as you have been in April and remain furloughed as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

When will you know if you need me to go back to work?

Once we have agreed the specific plans for your school, we will then get in contact if we need you to come back to work. If you do return to work, it will be at your normal rate of pay.

Do you contact me, or do I contact Pabulum?

We will contact you.

Staying in touch

As before, I promise to stay in touch and keep you abreast of developments as and when they happen, particularly if they affect us.

I would like to remind you if you have any questions, please:

That is all for now and thank you.

Please stay safe.

Stand tall and stand proud.