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Summer school plans boosted by £300m 'recovery premium' to help kids catch up

Mirror logo Mirror 24/02/2021 01:01:00 Lizzy Buchan

Schools will be given hundreds of millions of pounds for tutoring and summer school programmes to help children catch up after months of disruption.

State primary schools will get an additional £6,000 on average, while secondaries will get around £22,000, as part of a new "recovery premium" for schools in England.

The £300 million cash boost will allow schools to run catch up programmes during the summer, with additional clubs and activities for struggling children.

It comes on top of another £300 million announced by Boris Johnson in January for tutoring programmes to help youngsters catch up after months away from the classroom.

The catch up programme will be topped up by a further £100 million for face-to-face summer schooling for secondary pupils.

a person sitting at a table in a library: The Prime Minister visited a school in south east London on Tuesday © POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Prime Minister visited a school in south east London on Tuesday

All schools will reopen on March 8 after closing their doors to all pupils except the children of key workers and vulnerable kids.

Mr Johnson resisted calls from education unions for a staggered return, despite fears that allowing millions of children to return to the classroom at once could cause infections to surge.

Announcing the plans, the Prime Minister said: "Teachers and parents have done a heroic job with home schooling, but we know the classroom is the best place for our children to be.

"When schools re-open and face to face education resumes on 8 March, our next priority will be ensuring no child is left behind as a result of the learning they have lost over the past year."

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the £700million package of measures would "deliver vital support to the children and young people who need it most".

a group of young children sitting next to a child: Schools in England will reopen on March 8 © Getty ImagesSchools in England will reopen on March 8

The plans are being led by Sir Kevan Collins, the Government's new catch up tsar, who has been tasked with ensuring millions of children don't fall permanently behind due to coronavirus.

Sir Kevan said: "We know that ensuring all children and young people can make up for lost learning will be a longer-term challenge, and the range of measures announced today are an important next step.

"But this is just the beginning and I'll be engaging with the sector, educational charities as well as families, to ensure this support is delivered in a way that works for both young people and the sector and to understand what more is needed to help recover students' lost learning over the course of this parliament."

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