BBC row: Thérèse Coffey scolds Today host for confronting her on issue outside her role

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As schools in England resume for the new academic year, critcisim has emerged of the kind of help schools have been getting to prepare. Mary Bousted, joint General Secretary at the National Education Union told BBC Radio 4 that the extra costs of coronavirus precautions have not been met. Conservative Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey joined the Today show to speak about the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, which is to help under-25s with finding jobs, but clashed with host Martha Kearney when she was asked about her party’s education policy.

When asked if she thought it was fair that schools should have to pay out of their budget for extra costs, Ms Coffey said: “I think there’s been a strong element of support already given by the Government.

“The Education Secretary was in Parliament yesterday being scrutinised by MPs, and I think there’ll be ongoing exchanges.”

Ms Kearney attempted to press her guest about extra costs schools have to manage with hand sanitisers and screens and so on.

The cabinet minister snapped: “Martha, I’m not the Education Secretary so I can’t tell you exactly what Gavin Williamson plans next.”

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