WHILE most teachers say they want to get back to their classrooms on June 1, unions and local authorities are insisting on a delay.
But as the rows drag on, there is one voice still crying out to be heard — that of the children.
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Here we give eight pupils from round Britain the chance to say what they think.
And, unlike the kids in the famous Pink Floyd song, they do need some education.
They also miss their pals and teachers — and even school dinners get a mention.
Dylan, 7, says: 'It feels like a long time'
DYLAN Palmer is itching to get back to school and he wants to thank his Year 2 teachers for marking all the work he has done at home.
The seven-year-old, from Bradford, West Yorks, said: “I really want to go back as soon as it’s safe. I want to tell my friends I’ve got a tooth missing.
“My teachers have worked really hard to send me lots of homework and mark it all.
“But I really miss everything about school. It feels like a long time since I’ve been there.
“We haven’t been able to have a school disco or go to bun sales.
“I also can’t wait to play on the jungle trail in our playground.”
Angus, 8, says: 'I miss lunch and games'
YEAR 4 student Angus Clothier, of Battersea, South London, is loving lockdown lessons from home — but worries his handwriting will suffer.
He said: “I would like to go back to school because I haven’t seen my friends in person for a very long time.
“I miss the lunches as they are usually good, and I miss the team games.
“Doing work on the computer means I have really lost my sense of handwriting.
“But I love all the Netflix I am watching and iPad games I have been allowed to play. I know we have to go back to school and I hope it’s soon. But maybe not tomorrow.”
Eddie, 16, says: 'Feels like 4yrs work is nothing'
YEAR 11 Eddie Axworthy, of Plymouth, Devon, says he is disappointed he couldn’t take his exams this year — but is looking forward to seeing his friends.
He said: “There are negatives and positives to this virus’s effect on my life.
“I was getting good grades before the virus so I should get good grades for my predicted GCSEs but the fact that I’m unable to show what I can actually do is annoying.
“It feels like four years of work means nothing now and I can’t do anything about it.
“Not going back until September would be good if my friends and I could all meet up — speaking to them over PlayStation isn’t the same.”
Mica, 16, says: 'It's horrible school's shut'
COMMUNITY special school student Mica James — who has Down’s Syndrome — says she can’t wait to see her mates and teachers as soon as schools reopen.
Mica, of Redruth, Cornwall added: “I have missed school since it closed. It’s horrible that it is closed.
“I want to see all my friends. I want to make new friends.
“I want to see my teachers again and my teaching assistants again. I like going to school and being on the bus. I like being picked up by my mum. I miss it.
“We were just learning about counting paper money and I want to get back to learning all about that.”
James, 11, says: 'I want to start real lessons'
ONLY child James Sinnett wishes he could say goodbye to his friends and teachers before starting secondary school in September.
The Year 6 lad, from Leeds, said: “I really miss school and can’t wait to go back. I don’t have any brothers or sisters, so I miss my
“Even though I talk to them through my Xbox most days, it isn’t the same.
“I start high school in September and want to see my teachers before I leave junior school.
“We were supposed to be having a prom at the end of the year but we will probably miss that now.
“I’m bored being stuck at home and want to start proper lessons again.”
Honor, 6, says: 'I'm excited to see my pals'
YEAR 1 student Honor Green has loved making crafts at home — but says seeing her friends will be just as much fun.
She said: “I can’t wait to play with my friends at school and I really miss my best friend. We talk on the iPad every day but I want us to run in the playground.”
Honor, of Leamington Spa, Warks, added: “My mummy and daddy are working at home so I have been making rockets and clouds out of cardboard on FaceTime with my auntie and doing sums with my grandma.
“I will miss doing that when I am back at school but I’m really excited about seeing my friends.”
Kai, 10, says: 'I've missed school sports'
YEAR 5 student Kai Chapple has been at home with his brothers Kaden, two, and Koen, eight months — and now feels confident he can practise social distancing when he returns to school.
Kai, of Ivybridge, Devon, said: “I’ve missed my friends being at home and my mum has had to help me with school work while looking after my little brothers.
“I love sports too and have missed doing them at school.
“I know things will be different when we go back but I feel like I’ve had lots of practice with social distancing now.
“While I can’t high-five my friends, it’ll be nice to be back in the same classroom as them.”
Lyra, 5, says: 'I like eating from my lunchbox at school'
RECEPTION pupil Lyra Arora has been enjoying virtual lessons from home with her three-year-old brother Leo.
But she says she wants to go back to classes on June 1.
Lyra, from Guildford in Surrey, said: “I do miss going to school with my cousins and seeing my teachers.
“I like taking my lunchbox to school and eating my snacks from it, too.”
But being at home all the time has had some upsides for the five-year-old.
She added: “I like wearing my onesie all the time at home. It’s a unicorn. I’m not allowed to wear it to school.
“It’s also fun to watch TV with my brother when mummy and daddy are in meetings. I like it when they help me with my homework.”
And Lyra used lockdown to learn a skill, saying: “I learned to cycle and I hope mummy and daddy will let me take my bike in so I can show my friends.”
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