All students are due to return to school in the coming weeks. I’m clear that getting children back to school safely and a having plan in place for any Covid-related disruption must be the Government's top priority.
A number of constituents contacted me expressing concerns about how schools can re-open safely. I have now received this response from the Department for Education. I welcome the £650 million catch-up premium for schools and the £350 million National Tutoring Programme that will target support for the most disadvantaged pupils.
It is vital the Government works with parents, school leaders and unions so that credible plans are in place. Schools need to reopen but must only do so safely and with the confidence of pupils, parents, and staff.