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The true cost of school closures – an interview with the children's commissioner

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner, on why schools must reopen

30 January 2021

9:00 AM

30 January 2021

9:00 AM

Teaching unions have spent much of the past year campaigning with the social media hashtag #CloseTheSchools. It’s a reminder of the imbalance in debate over education. Unions represent the adults, MPs represent their constituents, but who in Westminster speaks for children?

In 2005 the Blair government sought to answer this question by creating a Children’s Commissioner, who would promote and protect the rights of children in decisions affecting their lives.

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