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So, the education secretary is ready to “penalise” schools for closing because of the snow. I despair (although I am intrigued to know just what kind of penalties he’s thinking of).

Schools don’t shut for no reason. Headteachers generally try their best to keep their institutions open, especially if children have exams to take. But they need to take decisions in the best interests of staff and pupils – and this includes safety issues.

When you’re in London (as Mr Gove is) you can forget that there is snow (and a lot more of it) across the rest of the country. Most of the schools which were shut yesterday (and many of those closed today) are in the north-east, East Anglia and the Midlands. Is it really wise to open a school in areas like these? In Durham for example, forecasters are expecting another 10cm of snow today. Many in…

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