I was very pleased to be able to question the Prime Minister on his road map this afternoon. We all want to safeguard children's educational opportunities and well being. As such it was great to hear the Prime Minster say that the Government are working to ensure we do not have to go back on this opening up and cause further disruption to our children's education. My question to the Prime Minister, and his response, can be read below:
My right hon. Friend and the Government have rightly been unapologetic throughout this pandemic in their determination to safeguard children’s educational opportunities and wellbeing. Can the Prime Minister confirm that, once all schools reopen on 8 March, the Government will be putting in place all the measures necessary to keep them open, working with academy trusts and, crucially, local authorities to avoid any further disruption to our children’s education?
Yes, indeed. I am grateful to my hon. Friend because that is exactly why we wish to take this cautious but irreversible approach to make sure that we do not have to go back into measures that would keep kids out of school again. He is quite right in what he says.