Students “will face longer school days in the next term to make up for lost time”


Millions of children will face longer school days in the next term to make up for lost time due to the closure of the coronavirus, we learned.Ministers are expected to release a plan on Thursday to include funding for reinforcement sessions at the end of each school day.

“The best place for children to learn is in a school environment, so it makes sense to try to catch up on school rather than doing it through home learning,” said a Whitehall source.

“Rightly so, the focus has been on the impact on disadvantaged children, but all children have missed their education, so we need a catch-up program open to all. “

Students adjust to new school measures after returning to school after lockout

But the Daily Mail says the school day will not be officially extended by law.

Instead, schools will be asked to organize remedial sessions on site starting in the next term.

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

Teachers, however, should not be working on summer plans, it is said.

A study this week by the University College London Institute of Education found that two million children did less than an hour a day of schoolwork during the lockout.

Students may need to work more hours in school next term

A teacher talks to a class at an Essex school

Only 17% did more than four times a day. Some teacher unions have resisted efforts to get teachers to take live lessons, so many schools have been unable to offer online lessons.

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

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

Speaking during Prime Minister’s questions, Johnson suggested that unions and teachers’ unions are hampering efforts to restart schools.

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

The Prime Minister repeatedly challenged Sir Keir to say that the return of the children was safe and accused the opposition of “wibble-wobble” on the issue.


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