Schools Must Resist Closing for Snow
Graham Stuart, who chairs Commons education committee, says closures damage children’s education and the economy.
Schools must do more to anticipate the effects of bad weather and endeavour to stay open, a senior Tory MP has said a day after snow and ice caused the closure of more than 20% of schools across England.
Such efforts were vital to avoid damaging children’s education and the economy through the knock-on effect of parents having to take time off work, which disproportionately affects small businesses, said Graham Stuart, who chairs the cross-party Commons education committee.
He said: “Headteachers really do need to ensure an ethos, a culture in which when people know the weather is coming they anticipate it and they ensure they get to work.”
Stuart was speaking a day after Michael Gove, the education secretary, told the Commons he hoped that more schools would recognise that “everything can and should be done in order to ensure that all children get access to a good education”, even during snow.