As the coronavirus threat level moves from four to three, Boris Johnson has declared today that he is 'sure' all children will be able to be back in school full-time from September. Speaking at the daily press conference, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson repeated this pledge.
But should Johnson hit his target, will parents comply? So far of the year groups allowed to return to school, there have been mixed results when it comes to the level of uptake. New polling for Coffee House, carried out on Thursday by Redfield & Wilton Strategies of a sample of 2,000, points at the problems ahead in convincing parents to send their children back.
Forty-eight per cent of those surveyed think it was not safe for schools to partially reopen on the 1st of June, while 36 per cent thinks it was safe. Among those currently not sending their children to school, 54 per cent would not send them in even if their child’s school reopened this summer with the appropriate measures, while 46 per cent would send them in if the school reopened.
However, when it comes to school returning after the summer holidays, a majority agree that all schools should be open for all students in September even if not all schools can enforce social-distancing measures – 54 per cent agree and 22 per cent disagree.