One headteacher in Hertfordshire has already been sent a “minded to direct” letter from schools minister Nick Gibb warning emergency powers could be used.
Parents gathering at the school gates pose more of a risk of coronavirus transmission, government scientific adviser stresses.
The list inevitably features education secretary Gavin Williamson as the government faced the music over its exams fiasco.
But senior Tory also admits it "certainly was foreseen" that private schools would do better.
The handling of the exam results fiasco, the migrant crossings and the deepest recession on record all feature.
Nick Gibb says the government will "apologise to nobody" for the move.
The government's scientific advisers have that warned more restrictions may be needed to reopen classrooms in England next month.
Leading epidemiologist says opening high schools could see the coronavirus reproduction rate increase "by as much as a half".
"Every hour spent online and on a smartphone is an hour less talking to family, and it’s an hour less exercise and it’s an hour less sleep."
Pupils are reportedly coming home in tears thanks to 'consequence booths'.