Council tells primary schools to delay reopening in defiance of Government

Brighton and Hove City Council has advised primary schools to delay reopening and teach remotely until January 18 due to increased rates of Covid-19.

It comes after one of the UK’s leading teaching unions said it has begun legal action against the Government over plans to reopen schools next week.

All primary schools in London will be teaching remotely from Monday, as well as some schools in Essex, Kent, East Sussex and Milton Keynes.

But there have been calls for primary schools across the country to remain closed amid a nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases.

Brighton and Hove councillor Hannah Clare, Chair of the Children, Young People & Skills Committee said:

‘As a council, we want all schools to be fully open. However, we need to keep children, school staff and the wider community as safe as possible. 

‘Therefore, Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty as Leader of the Council, has today written to Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education to ask him to include primary schools in Brighton & Hove in the list of schools that have moved to remote learning. 

‘Because of this belief, we have also written to primary schools in our city to advise them that we believe they should move to remote learning until Monday 18 January.’

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