Government rows back on 1 June English primary schools reopening plan

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Justice secretary says 1 June not fixed date as councils and teachers air safety concerns

The government has appeared to row back from its position on reopening primary schools in England, insisting 1 June is not a fixed date and that ministers need to listen to the concerns of councils and teachers.

The justice secretary, Robert Buckland, struck a conciliatory note on Wednesday during a series of media interviews in response to a growing backlash against the government’s policy of lifting the coronavirus lockdown on schools in less than a fortnight.

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