Commenting on the Prime Minister’s confirmation during PMQs that a track and trace operation will be in place by 1 June, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“We are pleased the Prime Minister is listening to our concern about having contact tracing working before wider school opening. We have received no private assurances on this matter and we would like to see the contact tracing actually in place before schools do start adding to the R rate. We would urge the Prime Minister to respond to our other points including that all of the science considered by SAGE around school opening questions should be put in the public domain and they should engage with the trades unions in negotiations about how to open schools safely.”

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Editor’s note

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