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Coronavirus: All pupils must return to school in September, education secretary tells MPs | Politics News

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All children will be told to go back to school from September, as the government said restarting learning was “critical to our national recovery”.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced mandatory reattendance will be introduced when the new academic year starts to ensure pupils don’t fall any further behind.

He said kids will be learning again “full-time” after schools were told to close their doors to anyone but children of key workers at the outset of the coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Williamson told MPs he wanted to make sure “all children who can be at school are at school”.

He promised there will be no “dumbing down” of the curriculum and everyone will be taught a “full, broad and balanced curriculum” – including arts and sports.

School inspections will not restart until January 2021, the minister confirmed.

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