Remote learning from home is no substitute for classroom teaching even if all children could access it. The fact that they cannot has been thrown into stark focus by a number of recent reports, most notably the Sutton Report. Adults, let alone children, are Zoom weary and children disengage without peers and a teacher who is focused on that subject. The lack of feedback remotely in many settings is de-motivational and is not conducive to inspiring learning.
Government’s instinct that schools must be kept open during this new lockdown was the right one, as was Michael Gove’s reiteration of this position.