Thousands of primary schools in England snub call to restart classes

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Exclusive: Wales announces late June opening as union poll finds two in five English schools yet to reopen to more pupils

The government’s desperate push to reopen primary schools in England to kickstart the economy has fallen flat, with up to 90% in some areas remaining closed to more pupils amid rising fears about the spread of coronavirus.

Figures obtained by the Guardian showed that in large parts of the north-east not a single primary school opened to more pupils on Monday, the government’s target date for reopening after the 10-week lockdown.

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