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Government must do 'everything in its power' to support and protect schools

Today (Mon 22 Feb) the Prime Minister has outlined his plans for relaxing lockdown measures, meaning that all school and college pupils will return to face-to-face teaching from 8th March.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT said: “The Prime Minister has said that he wants the current lockdown to be the last. It is therefore incumbent upon the government to do everything in its power to ensure that schools are both protected and supported.

“Safety measures will continue to be a feature of school life for many months, so the government must meet the costs of these extra measures in full and not expect them to be paid from existing budgets.

“The government must prioritise all school staff for vaccination. Not only would vaccination help protect staff, but it should also reduce the need for further disruption to pupils’ education.”

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Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

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