Monday 23 August 2021 / 12:38 PM Kate Green

Labour condemns Williamson’s staggering disregard for families as government creates renewed confusion around school return

 Labour has condemned Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson’s staggering disregard for families as media reports suggest the return to school could be delayed for millions of young people.

With less than 10 days to go until the first pupils will return to classrooms for the new school year, parents have been told the return to school could be delayed for secondary pupils, creating renewed uncertainty and confusion for families.

This is a repeat of the chaos around the return of schools seen in January 2021, when parents were told just days before the start of term pupils return to classrooms would be delayed. This last-minute decision making throughout the pandemic has also put additional pressure on school staff who have had to react to chaotic government announcements.

Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green MP has written to Williamson urging him to immediately clarify the announcement and implications for learning, with children already having missed an average of 115 days of school during the pandemic.

Green has also urged the Education Secretary to provide certainty around ventilation in schools and explain why the Government has only just announced provision of Co2 monitors for classrooms, 457 days after SAGE first highlighted the importance of adequate ventilation for preventing the spread of Covid.


Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

“The Conservatives chaotic, last-minute approach is damaging children’s education. Parents would rightly expect Ministers to have learnt from their mistakes over the last year, but once again families are being treated as an afterthought.

“After two years of disrupted education each day in school matters. The Conservatives’ systematic refusal to plan ahead is just not good enough. Labour is demanding better for our children’s futures.”