Rachel said:

“Following the announcement the Government has pushed back the staggered return for secondary schools and colleges by one week, I sought urgent clarification from Education Ministers about what this means for Redditch’s middle schools.

“Ministers have confirmed pupils in years 5 and 6 at middle school will return to school on Monday (January 4th) along with all primary school pupils. Students in years 7 and 8 will not return to school until Monday, January 18th.

“I have been in contact with headteachers over the Christmas period regarding the rollout of rapid testing, I listened to their concerns and I’m glad the Government has acted on the feedback from our headteachers.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our teachers and support staff for all that they’ve done during this pandemic to keep schools open. Keeping our schools open has been a top priority for this Government as we can’t allow this pandemic to impact the life chances of our children and young people.”