Last-minute guidance amid surging Covid infections ahead of the start of the spring term – sound familiar? Do we really have to keep going through this again and again, asks Jon Richards

The government continues to out-do Yogi Berra. Not only have they caused “déjà vu all over again”, they keep doing it again and again and again – making last-minute changes to Covid measures and giving schools little time to implement them.

As we slid towards the end of the autumn term, with Covid case numbers rapidly rising and huge numbers of pupils and staff isolating, stakeholders on government advisory groups (and not just the unions) called for additional safety measures before Christmas to avoid a repeat of last year’s January return to school policy car-crash.

We also strongly urged the government to make early decisions and try to avoid last-minute changes in the days running up to the start of the new term.

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