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The thorny issue of whether children should go back to school

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Should children go back to school? Is it safe for them to venture out of their homes and sit in a classroom with their friends? And is it safe for the adults around them?


These questions have formed part of the debate around Coronavirus ever since lockdown was announced on 23 March, and were thrust back into the spotlight when the government confirmed that pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 can go back to school from 1 June. 1


This follows a number of other countries: young children have started going back to school in France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and the Netherlands, while in Denmark nurseries and primary schools have been open for a month.2 In Estonia, Iceland and Sweden, meanwhile, schools have remained open throughout...


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The Children’s Commissioner for England is Anne Longfield OBE.


She speaks up for children and young people so that policymakers and the people who have an impact on their lives take their views and interests into account when making decisions about them.


Independent of Government and Parliament, the Children’s Commissioner has unique powers to help bring about long-term change and improvements for all children, particularly the most vulnerable.



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