Over recent days, the government has taken steps that are simply unprecedented in the history of this country. The decision to close all schools, except to a minority of pupils, is an essential part of our fight against the spread of Covid-19.
I have enormous appreciation for the work you do every single day and recognise that, with these extraordinary measures, I am asking you to go to exceptional lengths to rise to the challenge we face.
The weeks and months ahead will undoubtedly be testing for everyone. As we move further into uncharted waters, I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for the absolutely vital service that you are providing for our children, young people and communities.
By maintaining school provision for those who need it most, leaders of our schools and colleges – and your staff – rightly take their place…