London schools CLOSED: Primaries in capital will remain shut after Gavin Williamson U-turn

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The Government has named 50 education authorities in the south of England, as well as many of those in and around London, where primary schools would be closed to most pupils for the first two weeks of term. But the list omitted several London areas where Covid-19 transmission rates remain high including the borough of Haringey, whose leaders said they was prepared to defy the government and support any schools that decided to close to protect staff and pupils.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “Just at the moment when we need some decisive leadership, the government is at sixes and sevens. There is no clear rationale for why some schools are being closed and others are not and why primaries and special schools are being treated differently to secondaries.

“The government appears to be following neither the science nor the advice of education professionals on how best to preserve the quality of education for young people. The government cannot expect to command public confidence with such a confusing and last-minute approach.”


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