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Responding to the announcement by the Prime Minister of a public inquiry to be held in the spring of 2022, Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary, said:

“The Prime Minister’s promise of an inquiry into the Government’s handling of the pandemic is something the NASUWT has repeatedly called for.

“It is vital that the terms of reference of the inquiry focus expressly on the impact of all areas of the government’s response including the provision of education, support for children and young people, teachers and the wider school and college workforce, as well as examining the role of the government’s emergency measures in widening inequality during the pandemic.

“The Government has previously refused to publish evidence on racial disparities arguing that it was not in the public interest to do so. It is essential if there is to be public confidence in this process that these matters are not only examined but that there is proper accountability for any failings by the government.

“The public inquiry must examine whether enough was done to limit the spread of Covid-19 in workplaces and in communities and whether the measures put in place by government and employers were adequate and based on evidence.

“Lessons must be learned and action taken swiftly given the continuing threat posed by the Coronavirus.”
 

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