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UK school closures are sacrificing childhoods to save older people – now it’s payback time | Laura McInerney

Pausing the pension triple lock and spending the money on school counselling would allow a mental health reset

According to Robert Halfon, chair of the Commons’ education select committee, the closure of UK schools is unleashing on children the four horsemen of the education apocalypse: lost learning, increased mental health problems, safeguarding concerns and potential loss of earnings in the future.

Solutions suggested so far have been unrealistic. Schools are not magicians. They cannot make up for a lost year by shaving two weeks off the summer holidays. Exhausted staff teaching a few extra hours each day will not help every child to catch up.

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