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Gavin Williamson hints at longer school days as he unveils £700million Covid catch-up package

Added 02-24-21 06:36:04am EST - “Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed the government is looking at a 'broad range of options' when asked if school hours could be increased to make up for lost time during lockdowns.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Gavin Williamson hint on longer school days amid £700m Covid catch-up”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Gavin Williamson today hinted that the school day will be extended alongside summer catch-up classes as part of a £700million catch-up package after the pandemic.

The Education Secretary confirmed the government is looking at a 'broad range of options' when asked if school hours could be increased to make up for lost time during lockdowns.

Under plans announced today, secondaries will offer face-to-face teaching over the holidays, with ministers keen to see summer classes for incoming Year 7 pupils.

The summer schools will be funded with £200million from the package, while a £302million Recovery Premium will also see every primary school handed £6,000 and secondaries £22,000 each to fund further support for pupils most in need.

The Department for Education said this will come on top of another £200million in funding for the National Tutoring Programme and other tuition schemes and could be spent on extra clubs, activities or teaching for those who have fallen behind.  

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