Only a quarter of children eligible to return to school in England last week did so, as parent power – fuelled by the minor worry of death – ruined the government's plan to show that coronavirus who's boss.
The country's schools themselves abandoned the plan in huge numbers too, as only a little over half of the primary schools that were encouraged to open to more pupils actually did. Hence only a quarter of the reception, year one and year six kids that were allowed and supposed to go back actually went back, according to rather embarrassing data the Department for Education has had to release about itself.
Education secretary Gavin Williamson used maths to his advantage and said that the 52 per cent of schools that opened meant that the "majority of primary schools" were back in business, although, across England, a mere 6.9 per cent of all children were actually in an operating school. That is at least an increase on the 2.9 per cent of kids that were in school the week before, as a skeleton service has remained in operation to busy the children of key workers throughout the lockdown. [Guardian]
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