ASCL response to comments by Michael Fabricant MP

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Michael Fabricant MP’s comments.
“We will be writing today to Michael Fabricant MP to formally complain about his comment in an interview on the BBC in which he suggested that the Prime Minister’s fine for breaking lockdown laws was similar to teachers and nurses during the pandemic going back to the staff room and having a drink.
“Mr Fabricant’s remark is both factually incorrect and insulting. Unlike what seems to be the case in Downing Street, alcohol is not a feature of the working day in schools, and teachers do not drink in staff rooms.
“During the pandemic, many staff rooms were in fact closed in order to avoid mixing and the risk of transmission of coronavirus. Schools were asked by the government to follow a strict set of Covid rules which they diligently implemented and abided by in order to try to minimise the disruption to education and protect staff and students. The guidance which was set by government was copious, confusing and constantly changing, but they did their very best to make sense of it nevertheless.
“Like the rest of the public, education staff are dismayed by the behaviour of the Prime Minister and others in Downing Street in breaking their own rules because it is a clear case of double standards.
“For Mr Fabricant to now erroneously suggest that teachers and nurses were also breaking lockdown rules adds insult to injury. We are aware that the Royal College of Nursing has also written to Mr Fabricant. We would urge him to apologise and withdraw his comment.”