Boris Johnson pleads for patience as crisis grows in schools
On Thursday evening, the government’s social mobility czar became the last voice in Whitehall to call for the removal of the bubbles before term of office ends.
Steven Cooper, co-chair of the Commission on Social Mobility, said disadvantaged children suffered the most and the consequences of not attending school were significant. He added that the end of the bubbles “can’t wait until September – you have to start now”.
Tim Loughton, a former minister for children, said there must be an “absolute urgency” on the part of the government to clear the bubbles.
“Common sense has been thrown out the window – they just need to get rid of all these bubbles ASAP,” he said. “The whole operation of the Ministry of Education did not have a sense of urgency, and the children were the collateral damage.”
Iain Duncan Smith, a former Conservative leader, said, “Let’s get rid of the bubbles before the end of the quarter. What are we waiting for? These are the schools, which are for the most part the least endangered group in society. I think almost everyone in the Conservative Party wants to act now. “
Michael Vaughan, the former England cricket captain, added his support for the Telegraph’s campaign, saying it was “heartbreaking” that healthy children were forced to self-isolate.
Writing in The Telegraph, he said: “The policy of sending whole bubbles home because a child is positive must end quickly. The ramifications run deeper than just time wasted in school. Sport is also seriously affected by these drastic measures. “
Several Tory MPs said they were bombarded with letters of concern from voters whose children were asked to self-isolate multiple times even though they were subsequently negative for Covid.