EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell says: “We have now weathered the biggest storm.”

She says: “I’m sure everyone is really pleased that schools went back this Monday. Children need to be with each other and in their lessons. Hope rises too that in our different ways, we’re all on our way back.

Parents have had to juggle work with home schooling in many cases and I know this has been tough. Teachers too in making sure online lessons have been available while schools have had to remain open for keyworker children to attend.

This has not been the best start to a year but I do believe we have now weathered the biggest storm and with our brilliant vaccination programme, we can be confident we will not have to close classrooms again. I thank one and all for their dedication and patience.

There is a debate about how children can catch up the lost months with the government looking at longer school days and shorter holidays. I have fed my views to ministers.

I support a catch-up programme linked to activities like sport, drama and art. 

The importance of the core curriculum subjects of maths and English are rightly identified but school is about many more things – about socialising, learning how to work in a team, friendship and expressing thoughts and emotions. So, any catch-up idea must have these subjects in it too.”