English schools urgently need the tools to deal with any new coronavirus outbreaks | Paul Whiteman

After a wasted summer, the government is well behind where it needs to be in terms of its thinking, planning and delivery

It is great to see so many young people back in the classroom in England and Wales, with their teachers and friends. If lockdown has taught us anything, it is that school is the best place for young people to get their education, guided and directed by expert teachers who know them well.

Young people have missed out on too much school already and as any parent or carer will tell you, juggling home learning with home working is not sustainable for either children or adults in the long term. Keeping schools open, so long as it is safe, has to be the aim. This is the best way to make sure that pupils don’t face any more disruption to their education, which has to be a priority.

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