Greenwich council has backed down over its plan to close schools in the London borough due to a rise in positive CCP virus test results after the education secretary ordered them to stay open.
Labour leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich council, Danny Thorpe, had written to parents and headteachers on Sunday, informing them that the schools in the borough would close as of the end of the school day on Monday and move to online learning for the remainder of the term. Schools in Islington and Waltham Forest were also advised to move to online learning.
"It is simply not in children's best interests for schools in Greenwich, Islington or elsewhere to close their doors."
The direction was issued by the Department of Eduction under the powers of the Coronavirus Act, and would have given Williamson the power to challenge Greenwich council in either the County Court or the High Court.
"Consequently, I have no choice but to ask our schools to keep their doors open to all students rather than just continuing with online learning," he said.