Teachers launch legal action to close all schools as Covid cases surge

One the UK’s leading teaching unions says it has begun legal action against the Government over plans to reopen schools next week.

It comes after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson performed a U-turn on primary schools opening on January 4 in London, while a mutant strain of coronavirus thought to be more infectious among children rips through the capital.

Since then teachers have been calling for the reopning of schools to be halted across England until the situation is brought under control.

In a statement, the National Association of Head Teachers said: ‘We are calling upon government to remove people in schools from the physical harm caused by the current progress of the disease.’

It added that it has ‘commenced preliminary steps in legal proceedings against the Department for Education’.

More to follow.

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