Every time it snows much attention is given to whether schools across the country will shut for the day.
There is also often confusion as to why some schools in a county will close while others will stay open.
Appearing on BBC Newsnight, Geoff Barton, from the Association of School and College Leaders, explained that there are two major factors that headteachers must consider when they are making a decision about the weather.
He said: “There is a scale of different considerations.
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“The number one factor that parents will want to hear is: ‘can we supervise their child safely?’
“That’s the most important thing.”
When considering the safety of opening the school, Mr Barton explained that the headteacher must look at whether there are enough staff to supervise children.
He said, “safety” of the school tended to take into account whether there were enough staff to man the school was more important than concerns over icy paths.