Boris Johnson tonight insisted he ‘fully intends’ that all children will return to school in September as he faced the wrath of parents that zoos and shops are reopening first. At the Downing Street briefing this evening, the PM conceded that the government was having to move slower than hoped because coronavirus infections were still too high. But despite dropping a target for all primary school pupils to return for a month before the summer break, Mr Johnson made clear he is confident that the wider return can be achieved in the Autumn. He also pledged a huge ‘catch-up’ operation to help disadvantaged children whose prospects have suffered major damage. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will lay out the details next week, with No10 mulling drafting in volunteers and retired teachers to try and boost the capacity to give lessons safely. Mr Johnson said: ‘We do fully intend to bring back all children to school in September, provided the progress we are making continues and I hope it will. ‘That is our focus and is consistent with the approach taken by many other countries in Europe.’ He admitted the Government had been forced to move ‘slower than we would have liked… Read full this story
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