Commenting on a National Audit Office report looking at Government preparedness for the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

"Successive Governments’ failures to plan properly for an expected pandemic have obviously contributed to the Covid crisis. The bigger problem, however, has been the litany of failings on the part of this Government once the pandemic struck. This started with the failure to lock down quickly enough and continued through the premature lifting of restrictions to the current situation where simple measures such as face coverings in secondary schools and other measures to control the spread of the virus from schools into the community are still being resisted."