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Gavin Williamson: School is the 'safest place' for children from unhappy homes

Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, has said that school is the “safest and happiest” place for children from difficult homes.

Mr Williamson said at today’s press briefing: “Teachers know that there are children out there that have not spoken or played with another child their own age for the last two months.

“They know there are children from difficult or very unhappy homes for whom school is the happiest moment in their week, and it’s also the safest place for them to be.”

This came as Mr Williamson gave updates on the phased reopening of schools in England planned for June 1.

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