Schools are unlikely to open after the February half term and could be closed for “much longer”, the chair of the Education Select Committee has warned.
Robert Halfon MP said: “The schools are closed and I don’t think it’s very likely that they’re going to open, very sadly, after half term as has been suggested.
“I think it’ll be much longer before they are open.”
It comes as England and Manchester United striker Rashford joined TV chefs Jamie Oliver, Tom Kerridge, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the actress Dame Emma Thompson to press ministers to develop a strategy which could help end child food poverty.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, backed by more than 40 NGOs, charities and education leaders, they welcomed the “robustness” of his response to the “inadequate” meal parcels being provided by some private companies, but said it was the right time to “step back and review the policy in more depth”.