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Sadiq Khan calls for schools and colleges in London to close this week and move to online learning

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Commenting on calls by @SadiqKhan the Mayor of London to move London schools and Colleges to online learning this week, and a move to do so by Greenwich Council, Kevin Courtney (@cyclingkev), Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:   

“The National Education Union is pleased that Sadiq Khan has written to the Prime Minister pointing out that the biggest spread of the virus is within education settings and calling on the Government to ask schools to close early for Christmas and re-open later and to provide extra resources for online learning. 

“Sadiq Khan is a politician who is reading the science and standing up for education and protecting communities. He also calls for secondary pupils to have regular asymptomatic testing to keep down transmission in schools. These would be important steps forward. 

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“We strongly welcome the decision by Greenwich Council to urge all of its schools to close from Monday evening, to all except vulnerable children and the children of key workers. We urge other councils to take the same decision. 

“The Government should have been planning for this weeks ago. They have now started to recognise the blindingly obvious fact that transmission is happening in schools and that this can spread to families. But the Government now needs to act. Much more is needed to control the virus in schools and to protect communities.” 

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