In response to the announcement of mass Covid testing in North London, Essex and Kent, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “This is clearly a very serious new development, and the government’s first priority must be the safety of those involved.
“The government is yet to explain why during this emergency testing period public health is best served by schools remaining fully open. A very short-term period of home learning while test results are obtained would ensure further transmission does not occur in schools amongst the most affected group.
“Government must provide a clear explanation to school leaders, parents and pupils so that communities can have confidence in the government’s approach.”
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First published 10 December 2020