It is the government’s intention for all pupils to be back to school in September.

CST supports this ambition because:

  • Prolonged absence from school is concerning academically, socially – and for some children, from a welfare and safety perspective; and
  • The long-term impact of a deep recession, particularly on the poorest families, will be very damaging.

Leora Cruddas, chief executive of the Confederation of School Trusts said: “This will be an exercise in the balance of risk. It is important to balance the public health risks in the short term (related to the transmission of the virus) with longer term public health considerations. If a child loses out on education, this can have an impact on that child across their whole lives – their economic prosperity and long-term health. Children benefit hugely from being at school.

“We do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead of us. School and trust leaders must be trusted to exercise discretion and good judgement to suit their context and in the best interests of their pupils, parents and communities.”