One in five children will be urged to go back to school from next week

First Secretary of State Dominic Raab, while deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19), announced on April 16that theU.K.lockdown would continue for at least another three weeks. Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement, while flanked by windows showing children's drawings of rainbows supporting the NHS, on his first day back at work in Downing Street after recovering from a bout of coronavirus (COVID-19) that put him in intensive care, in London, England on April 27. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warned the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could see the U.K. economy shrink by a record 35 percent by June.  A man wears a religious placard on Market Street in Manchester, England on March 25.  Workers sell food and household items to local residents from their ice cream van at a supported housing estate in west Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 1. Soldiers and private contractors help to prepare the ExCel centre in London, which is being made into the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital comprising two wards, each of 2,000 people, to help tackle coronavirus, on March 30.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with chief medical officer Chris Whitty (L) and Chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance (R) in Downing Street after he had taken part in the government's emergency Cobra meeting in London, England on March 16. ____________________________________________________ More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ A Whitehall source told the Guardian: 'The focus is getting primary school pupils back first but only if the R [a measure of how the virus is spreading] is at a safe level. Mark Drakeford said the earliest point schools could resume would be the beginning of June, with a minimum of three weeks needed to prepare from the time it was decided it is safe for pupils and teachers.  Some groups could return earlier than others, he said, using examples of year-six children who are due to move up to secondary school, and Welsh medium pupils who may not have had opportunities to use the language at home during lockdown.  Mr Drakeford also said work was under way to make sure social distancing guidance was followed and to persuade parents, teachers and pupils that the school environment was safe, saying 'you certainly can't have schools reopen as they did before'.  ________________________________ Attendance dropped to 0.4 per cent during the week that would have been the Easter holidays.  But the figures have started to rise with an average of 165,000 children – 1.7 per cent of pupils – turning up each day in the week before last.  Schools are expected to start allowing pupils back who are not vulnerable or the children of key workers from the start of June, starting with primary schools.  Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman yesterday said there is a 'great deal of logic' in targeting younger children to return to the classroom.  She told Sophy Ridge On Sunday that the younger they are 'the more they need routine'.  But Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 'While we all want to see a return to some sort of normality, the National Education Union believes it's really premature to talk about a June return date.