Open schools are public's Covid lockdown priority

YouGov poll shows that schools and nurseries top the list of what the British public would want to be kept open during a second national Covid lockdown

John Roberts

Most of the public want schools kept open during a second national lockdown, a new poll suggests.

Britons rank schools as the top priority to remain open during a second national lockdown, according to a new poll.

The results, published today by YouGov, show 57 per cent of people asked chose schools and nurseries as the sector they want prioritising for keeping open in the event of another lockdown.

This was followed by universities, while pubs came last in the list of the 10 types of establishments YouGov asked about.

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The poll shows that another 13 per cent of respondents had keeping schools and nurseries open as their second-highest priority.

YouGov asked the public which of 10 types of establishment they would prioritise for keeping open during a second national lockdown.

The 57 per cent choosing schools as the top priority was much higher than any other category.

The poll also found that men, who YouGov previously found did less homeschooling than women during the last national lockdown, were not as concerned about keeping schools and nurseries open. Around two-thirds (63 per cent) list them as their first or second choice, compared with three-quarters of women (76 per cent).

A new YouGov poll suggests keeping schools open is a top priority for the public.

YouGov's poll of a representative sample of 1,641 British adults took place on 22 and 23 September.

Since then, the government has faced more calls for a two-week circuit breaker lockdown to include the closure of schools and colleges.

Both the NEU teaching union and the UCU called for this circuit breaker lockdown after new figures showed a ninefold increase in the Covid infection rate of secondary pupils.

At a government briefing last week, prime minister Boris Johnson did not rule out a national circuit breaker lockdown but said that targeting local restriction in parts of the country with higher infection rates was a better approach.



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John Roberts

John Roberts

John Roberts is North of England reporter for Tes

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