https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-education-becoming-political-football-once-again What is his point? Yes, I'm sure we all agree with his statements of the obvious. Though he doesn't say which lives he wants to save - he can't save everybody's! Nobody would argue with this - a point that many of us have made on here several times: "Young people have struggled in lockdown with the lack of routine, social contact and support. Whether they would admit it or not, they have missed their teachers. For many young people, school staff are the key protective factor in their lives." But: "A second deadly wave of this virus resulting in another extended lockdown would do more harm to the health and wellbeing of the nation than a period of "blended learning" will." How does he know this? We might not need another lockdown, provided that the numbers, and demographic, of people needing treatment, is within NHS capacity - and don't forget that we now have an effective treatment for some patients and no doubt more will appear as test results are analysed. As for: "If the two-metre rule changes – and it seems very likely to do so – school leaders will need time to re-adjust current re-opening plans. I sincerely hope colleagues will not be expected to do this in the last few days of the school year, or during the holidays." Good heavens! It isn't rocket science - you don't need a month of meetings to organise classrooms differently! And as for "education becoming a political football", of course it is. You can trace that on these boards when the "perfect" left gleefully fastened on to every mistake, possible mistake or even comment of the government, usually with the benefit of hindsight, to score party points. But after reading through the article, one is left wondering what the point of it is. It states some obvious truths, but provides no direction or even suggestions for how to make things better. A bit like some SLTs.