From the digital divide to teacher vaccination, the government’s pandemic to-do list for education is growing longer by the day. Dr Patrick Roach calls for definitive action and a national plan for schools

The closure of primary schools, secondary schools and colleges to the majority of pupils and a move to remote education is regrettably the only safe course of action to deal with the increased threat and surging coronavirus levels connected to the new variant.

Maintaining education provision during the lockdown and re-opening schools safely once restrictions begin to ease is now the priority and we believe the government must learn the lessons of the last nine months.


The government has widened the definition of who is considered to be vulnerable and so eligible to attend school during lockdown to include those children who may find it hard to study remotely due to a lack of connectivity or suitable home environment in which to study.

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