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The areas where primary schools will remain closed

On Jan 1, the government announced all primary schools in London would remain closed for the start of the new term, after protests from local authorities in the capital. 

This U-turn follows a list of 50 education authorities across the south of England, which would close for the majority of students in London over the first two weeks of the new term.

However, among the 50 education authorities mentioned, a handful of locations with exceptionally high transmission rates were missing. This included the area of Haringey, where local leaders announced they were ready to oppose the government and support any

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London primary schools stay shut for start of term

Schools may have to close to prevent the spread of the new Covid-19 variant scientists have warned (PA)
Schools may have to close to prevent the spread of the new Covid-19 variant scientists have warned (PA)

Gavin Williamson has been forced into another humiliating policy reversal after the government bowed to pressure and agreed to keep all London primary schools closed for the start of the new term.

The education secretary has confirmed a blanket approach to schools after announcing just days ago that only a select number would remain closed after the Christmas holidays.

Labour said the education secretary’s “incompetent” handling of the return of schools had caused “huge stress” to pupils, parents and staff, amid calls

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Funding fears for PE in primary schools after lockdown worsens child inactivity crisis

Baroness Nicky Morgan, the former education secretary, has sought urgent clarification from the Government over the ongoing status of an annual £320 million ‘premium’ to enhance physical education for primary school children.

With activity levels having dropped significantly while schools have been shut to most pupils during the coronavirus lockdown, concern is now mounting that children could be hit by the double whammy of a cut in the usual PE budget.

The PE and Sport Premium was introduced in 2013 and, at a total worth of £320 million during the most recent academic year, it annually ringfences £16,000 for individual

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Is it safe to send my child back to primary school, and when will secondary schools reopen?

Parents want to know when they can send children back to school. Continued school closures will have a detrimental impact on pupil progress, Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, acknowledged earlier in the lockdown. 

Boris Johnson delivered an announcement on Sunday May 10 about phase two of the shutdown, indicating that the return to school would be gradual, rather than a wholesale lifting of the lockdown.

One week later, the Education Secretary defended the decision, saying that school is the safest place for children from difficult or unhappy homes, as he urged teachers to return to the classroom. Teachers’ unions, backed … Read more