With pupils having missed months of classroom time, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said schools could lay on extra lessons on weekends to fill in the gap or even extend the day to offer sessions early in the morning and into the evening, CheshireLive reports.
Children in England have been returning to school this week after almost six months away from the classroom because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Children have had almost six months away from the classroom because of the coronavirus pandemic, and plans now being formulated to help them catch up could mean lessons on weekends
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Schools could run lessons on Saturdays in a bid to help children catch up following the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
Gavin Williamson said: “That might mean extending the school day for some, that might mean Saturday classes for others.
Some schools have closed their doors just days after reopening while others have told whole classes and year groups to self-isolate for two weeks following confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Dozens of schools across the UK have been hit with coronavirus cases since pupils returned to class.
“There are so many different interventions that can really deliver significant results in terms of helping youngsters catch up on the learning that they have lost.”
It came as Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested young people under 25 – particularly those aged 17-21 – have helped propel the rise in positive coronavirus cases across the country in recent days.
Two other members of staff are waiting to hear their coronavirus test results.
In Suffolk, five members of teaching staff at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill tested positive for Covid-19 and the academy closed on Monday on the advice of Public Health England.
Schools in England and Wales began reopening to all year groups last week for the first time since March and the remainder are due to open this week.
In Leicestershire, a member of staff at Castle Rock school in Coalville – which was visited by Boris Johnson on August 26 – has tested positive for Covid-19.
Liverpool City Council said eight schools have had positive cases of Covid-19 – and it confirmed the year 11 “bubble” at Liverpool College was told to self-isolate after one pupil tested positive.
In Wiltshire, all 160 pupils in year nine at St Augustine’s Catholic College in Trowbridge were told to self-isolate after a student tested positive.
At least 10 schools in Wales are believed to have been affected by coronavirus since reopening.