‘Such a mess’: England’s teachers and parents united in frustration

Government’s handling of school closures causing anxiety even among those who support measure

With schools in England awaiting an announcement over their future amid rising coronavirus rates, what unites many teachers and parents who variously favour and oppose children attending in person is a frustration over the behaviour of the government.

“Announcements on Twitter and policies with no consultation” is how one senior leader at a secondary school in the east Midlands characterised the approach, before referencing occasions where ruling politicians have appeared to mislead. “Ministers are either uninformed or are deliberately trying to set the profession against the politicians to tarnish us. The way the government has interacted with schools is disgusting.”

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