Reform think tank responds to school opening announcement

27 January 2021
By Charlotte Pickles
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Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement in the House of Commons, Reform think tank Director, Charlotte Pickles, said:

“The Prime Minister’s decision to delay reopening schools for at least another 6 weeks is disappointing.

“Only last week the Deputy Chief Medical Officer stated that schools are “not a significant driver” of community infection. Yet there is a very clear weight of evidence that school closures are having a devastating effect on young people’s learning and mental health. Without urgent action that means long-term damage to the life chances of an entire generation.

“The Government should seek to start reopening schools as soon as possible, starting with primaries. They should also consider cancelling or reducing school holidays this year to help pupils catch up.”