Getting children back to school

I make no apology for repeating the very important point that the Prime Minister made yesterday in his direct appeal to parents about the importance of getting their children back into the classroom when schools reopen next week.

  • Having previously spoken of our moral duty to reopen schools to all pupils safely, the Prime Minister thanked school staff across the country who have spent their summer months making classrooms Covid-secure in preparation for a full return in September. 
  • As the Chief Medical Officer has said, while the risk of contracting Covid-19 in school is very small, it is far more damaging for a child’s development, their health and wellbeing to be away from school much longer. 
  • The Prime Minister’s appeal followed a Public Health England study, published over the weekend, which shows that just 0.01 per cent of pre-schools and primary schools had an outbreak in June – all of which were successfully contained and just 70 children were affected. 
  • This is why it’s vitally important that we get out children back into the classroom to learn and to be with their friends. Nothing will have a greater effect on the life chances of our children than returning to school. 



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