A lack of clarity about pupil and staff safety amid the coronavirus epidemic is putting teachers under “intolerable pressure”, a union leader has said.

Government advice to keep schools open is causing chaos and confusion, amid fears pupils are carrying the virus, says NASUWT union head Chris Keates.

She told of a “rising sense of panic” in schools as staff fear for their safety as more and more people get ill.

Another teaching union has urged ministers to close schools

Heads have already said keeping schools open would be very challenging, and the National Education Union is highlighting the pressure on vulnerable teachers, parents and other school and college staff.

But the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, told MPs at a hearing on Tuesday afternoon that closing schools

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