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Stephen Morgan responds to bringing back of retired teachers

Stephen Morgan MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister

Stephen Morgan MP, Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister, responding to the Education Secretary’s statements on bringing back retired teachers and support staff, said:

“This is a sticking plaster, and only part of what’s needed to keep children and staff safely in class next term.

“The government’s failure to get a proper workforce plan in place leaves staff, children and parents relying on good will from retired staff and volunteers, many of whom face additional risks themselves.

“Ministers continue to fall short on delivering basic covid protections in schools. They should adopt Labour’s Christmas vaccine guarantee to ensure all eligible children can get their jab during the holidays. Government must also implement proper ventilation measures in schools, open windows and cold classrooms aren’t good enough for our children.”

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