Boris Johnson set to launch 700 million pound school catch up

Teachers will be asked to cut short holidays to help secondary kids with face-to-face lessons before the new school year starts in September.

Ministers want Year 7 pupils to get first dibs on classes, but say they will leave it up to headteachers to pick who should get priority.

England’s schools will get an extra £200million to pay teachers to staff the classes — which can also include sport and other activities.

But despite the extra cash, one source said Downing Street was braced for

About £302million of this is for a new Covid “Recovery Premium” to support kids in primaries and secondaries, based on the pupil premium which already funnels extra cash to the most disadvantaged.

On a visit to Sedgehill School in Lewisham, South East London, yesterday 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 children to be.

“Our next priority will be ensuring no child is left behind as a result of the learning they have lost.”

The average primary school will receive around £6,000 more, and the average secondary school will get around £22,000 extra.

£18million will go on supporting the early years.

The cash comes on top of the £1billion schools Covid catch-up announced last year but includes the £300million extra unveiled by the PM last month.

Global247news also understands that ministers also considered extending the school day, but believe it would be too complicated for now.


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