Pupils face ‘longer school days to make up for lost time’ during lockdown – Latest News

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And a Whitehall source is reported to have told the Daily Telegraph: “The best place for children to learn is in a school environment, so it makes sense to try and do catch-up work at school rather than trying to do it through home learning.

Today ministers are expected to publish a plan which will include funding for “bolt-on” sessions either at the start of the school day or at the end for kids to catch up.

Ministers are expected to announce plans today which include funding for a new scheme. The “bolt-on” sessions will reportedly allow student to catch up time lost due to the coronavirus pandemic

Most schools have been shut or only open to pupils of key workers since March

Boris Johnson has promised an initiative to minimise the impact of lockdown on pupils

A study revealed two million children have done less than an hour a day of school work since lockdown

Millions of pupils are reportedly facing longer days at school next term to make up for lost time due to the coronavirus lockdown.

However, it has been reported ministers will not implement the change through legislation.

“There has rightly been a lot of focus on the impact on disadvantaged children but all children have missed out on their education so we need a catch-up programme that is open to everyone.”

Teachers, though, won’t be expected to work during the summer under the plans, it is understood.

Boris Johnson has this week promised a “massive catch-up operation” to try to minimise the impact of the lockdown on children’s education.

Instead, schools will be asked to hold the catch-up sessions on site from next term.

A study by University College London’s Institute of Education this week found that two million children have done less than an hour a day of schoolwork during lockdown.

The Prime Minister clashed with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer this week over the continuing difficulty in getting children back to school.

And unions have also advised teachers should not be expected to mark work done at home.

Only 17 per cent have done more than fours a day. Some teaching unions have resisted efforts to get teachers to live-stream lessons, with the result that many schools have been unable to offer online classes.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson suggested that Labour and the teaching unions were hampering efforts to get schools restarted.

The Prime Minister repeatedly challenged Sir Keir to say it was safe for children to return and accused the Opposition of “wibble-wobble” over the issue.

He said one of the best ways to help the poorest children in the country “would be to encourage all kids who can go back to school to go back to school now, because their schools are safe”.

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