London Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed the closures will take place, just two days after the Government said only those in 22 of London’s 32 boroughs would be affected. On Wednesday, the education minister, Gavin Williamson, outlined a plan to delay the reopening of secondary schools, but open most primary schools for children under 11 years old on time next week at the end of Christmas break.
Only in the hardest hit parts of the country, which included some parts of the capital but not others, were primary schools slated to shut.
But local authorities in several areas where schools were due to reopen complained.
Mr Khan said on Twitter: “The Government have finally seen sense and u-turned.
“All primary schools across London will be treated the same.
“This is the right decision – and I want to thank education minister Nick Gibb for our constructive conversations over the past two days.”
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “Just at the moment when we need some decisive leadership, the government is at sixes and sevens.
“There is no clear rationale for why some schools are being closed and others are not and why primaries and special schools are being treated differently to secondaries.
“The government appears to be following neither the science nor the advice of education professionals on how best to preserve the quality of education for young people.
“The government cannot expect to command public confidence with such a confusing and last-minute approach.”
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