The comments made by Kate Green, the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, on 1 September 2020.
The learning that children have lost in recent months shows that keeping schools safely open to all must be a national priority in the months ahead.
When schools are closed, we see deep inequalities become more entrenched, and those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds lose out most. If the Conservative Government cannot guarantee pupils the education they deserve, then they will fail a whole generation of children.
Young people’s futures cannot be held back by Conservative incompetence. This is a wakeup call for ministers. They must ensure that schools stay open, that parents and teachers are supported, and that pupils get all the help they need to catch up.