ASCL comment on Bill to prevent future school closures

02/11/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Education Select Committee Chair Robert Halfon’s Bill to keep schools open during times of national emergency. 
 
Commenting on Education Select Committee Chair Robert Halfon’s Bill to keep schools open during times of national emergency, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We support the idea of defining schools and other education settings as ‘essential infrastructure’ and doing everything possible to keep them open during times of national emergency.
 
“However, this would obviously have to take into account public health advice in any future emergency and it must be accompanied by a commitment from the government and from parliament to provide education settings with sufficient support.
 
“Schools and colleges have been thrown under the bus during the coronavirus pandemic. They have been asked to carry out a range of public health tasks with minimal support from the government, as well as cope with constantly changing guidance and chaotic policy-making.
 
“Fine words have to be backed up with material support and resources. We hope that politicians will support our call for that to also be a priority.”