Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Delayed decision on schools was unneccesarily "damaging and difficult"

After the Conservative government delayed the decision to reduce the number of children in schools, thousands of children went to school for one day, and teachers, parents and pupils were left to pick up the pieces from the Tory u-turn.

Liberal Democrats have spoken out against the Tory chaos, and praised how teachers have adapted to the last minute u-turn.

Layla Moran has written to the Education secretary on behalf of educators in Oxford West and Abingdon, calling for them to be prioritised for the coronavirus vaccine, after those on the Covid frontline and the vulnerable.

Abingdon North County Councillor Emily Smith said:

“As a mum, I'm desperate for my kids to be back in school, but with Coronavirus out of control again reducing the number of children physically in school is the right decision to keep teachers, children and families safe.

“When we most needed action and clarity, we instead had a muddled delay which has made this much more damaging and difficult than it needed to be.

“Amidst all the disruption, teachers continue to work hard. I’m incredibly proud of local schools and teachers that are doing their utmost to adapt to virtual learning, supporting vulnerable families and caring for key workers' children.”


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