Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “The government’s actions over the last few days have been genuinely appalling. To level legal threats and unfair criticism at schools who are just doing as they have been instructed by their employers is not acceptable.
“Families have now been left in chaos, uncertain who to trust. Some schools have moved to online learning, with only vulnerable and key worker children attending, while some are having to force parents to continue sending their children in, despite reasonable doubts about safety given the spike in numbers, mass testing in the capital, and imminent Christmas plans. No schools have actually ‘closed’ – all are continuing to provide learning.”
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