Comments made by Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, on 16 August 2020.
The government is committed to doing everything necessary to deliver on our national priority of all students returning to schools and colleges in September.
All children deserve to be back in school as it is the best place for their education and wellbeing. I know families are growing more confident that schools and colleges are ready and waiting to get back to teaching, with the right protective measures in place.
As the start of term approaches, now is the time for families to think about the practicalities of returning to school in September, whether that’s reassuring themselves that school is the best place for their child to be, or planning the school run to avoid public transport where possible.