Covid-19: Where is the plan for schools?

Chaotic, blame-shifting, ineffective, incompetent – the government’s handling of education during the pandemic has hindered the recovery efforts of schools. An exasperated Paul Whiteman implores ministers to give us the support we need

Confusion reigns among policy-makers in Westminster, Stormont and Cardiff. In contrast, from the messages I’ve seen this week, NAHT members are demonstrating extraordinary levels of resolve and professionalism. Parents too are showing a remarkable amount of forbearance.

Not only are we all living in the shadow of coronavirus, but we are also all suffering from the government’s ineffective and incompetent approach to education policy during the pandemic.

Having made robust arrangements of their own, the very least that school leaders should expect is that the provisions put in place by local and national government are equally robust, and will stand up to the inevitable stress test that the autumn term will present.

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