The education secretary has said longer school days are “not part of the plan” to help pupils catch up on lost learning after the pandemic.
At a Downing Street press briefing this evening, Gavin Williamson said that he hoped funding announced earlier today would allow schools to put on classes and wellbeing sessions during the summer holidays.
The Department for Education (DfE) was previously said to be considering out-of-hours classes and extracurricular activities, which could have involved teachers staying late at school.
Sir Kevan Collins, the government’s new Covid catch-up tsar, said earlier this month that “we’re going to have to ask teachers to increase learning time for children”.
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But in response to a question at today’s briefing, Mr Williamson appeared to rule out longer school days. He said: “You ask about lengthening the school day – it is not part of the plan.”
The new catch-up package, announced today, included £200 million for secondary schools to deliver summer schools. Mr Williamson today said teachers could be paid to work over the summer, but from these funds, not a separate pot.