The NBRA was extremely disappointed to hear yesterday that ministers have backed down on their plan to return primary pupils to school this term.

Chris Weeks, NBRA Director said: “At a time where there has been no virus deaths in a third of London for a week and huge public protest gatherings, the risk of bringing primary children back is surely very low. Many members desperately short of work saw the return to school as hopefully a turning point to normality by increasing traffic and allowing parents back to work. This would surely have kickstarted the repair economy and is a big big setback.”

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said that September was the earliest that most schools would be able to fully open.