More than 1,500 of the country’s leading child health specialists have urged the Prime Minister to explain his plan to get children back to school in England – warning that continued absence from class “risks scarring the life chances of a generation”.
Speaking in the Commons, Mr Johnson blamed Labour councils for being reluctant to allow pupils to return. Schools in Wales will bring back no more than a third of pupils at a time from next week.
Scottish pupils will come back for a mix of school and home-based learning from August – the same month that some years in Northern Ireland will go back to school. Fatima Manji reports.