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Schools should reopen in spring. But crucial changes are needed to make it happen safely

The government’s pandemic education policy has been defined by U-turns, indecision, and poor communication. Here's what needs to be fixed

By Emily Lawford  

Schools are closed for most children until at least mid-February Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

Teachers have been subjected to constantly shifting education policy in the past year. They’ve had to rush to follow the latest pandemic plans only for these to change completely in a matter of days. The government’s treatment of schools has at times seemed nothing short of chaotic.

On 15th December, in the last week of the autumn term, the government announced it would send out rapid-result “lateral flow” Covid-19 testing kits to all secondary schools and colleges, which were told to begin mass testing as soon as pupils returned in January. The announcement came as a shock to…

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