Responding to the latest issue of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey (1), Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“This survey is of great concern. It confirms the worries of the NEU and many others that this lockdown has not been strict enough.
“It is not surprising that coronavirus is back on the rise and that it is rising fastest amongst primary age pupils.
“Nurseries are open to all pupils and a fifth of primary pupils are being taught in school. During the lockdown last Spring, less than 1 in 50 pupils were being taught in school.
“It is welcome that coronavirus infection amongst secondary pupils is falling and this is because only 1 in 25 secondary pupils are being educated in school.”
“The Government cannot ignore this report and must act to stop the role of schools in the transmission of coronavirus.”