UK coronavirus live: schools 'should be first to open and last to close', says England children's commissioner

Anne Longfield said children had too often been ‘an afterthought’ during the crisis

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Schools minister Nick Gibb has confirmed the government’s position that all children will return to school in September.

He told Sky News: “We’re very clear that all children will be returning to school in September, including in areas of local lockdown such as Greater Manchester.

7.46am BST

Ferguson said things “could get quite difficult” in winter, adding:

I’m reasonably confident that as long as there’s the political will in place to maintain control of transmission we can do it. We have good enough surveillance now to know what’s going on. But it will be challenging and there will be no going back to anything close to normal social interactions, at least not until we get through to next spring with potentially the availability of a vaccine.

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