Commenting on the Education Secretary’s pledge that schools and colleges will have two weeks' notice of any plan to open more widely, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:   

"After the chaos and confusion that Government incompetence over school opening and closure has created it is good that we now have an assurance from Gavin Williamson that school staff will be given two weeks' notice before reopening. The last thing that parents and children need, now, is a stop-start approach. We all want schools to be open, but they must be opened when it is safe to do so, and when the conditions are right to keep schools open sustainably."