Free school meals – exams – Covid testing – the digital divide. Schools are doing everything they can to support young people but are working in the face of incompetent national leadership, says Kevin Courtney

Schools and colleges have been welcoming all children and young people back for the first time in months. Teachers, leaders and support staff have done a magnificent job simultaneously educating pupils remotely and in school.

At all times, education professionals have done everything they could, throughout this pandemic, to support and protect children and young people. Leaders have had to cope with government incompetence on a huge scale.

Heads and teachers have planned for the safest possible return – seeking to minimise transmission through masks, testing, ventilation and bubbles. It has been a great testament to school staff's dedication and organisation that the testing programme has been implemented, overall, successfully and efficiently.

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