Plans for “catch-up classes” are being drawn up for students who are falling behind due to COVID-19, who must make up time by attending instruction during the summer, as funding for teachers to extend working days added.
In order to stop students from falling behind, hundreds of millions in funding will be provided for ‘catch-up’ classes throughout the summer holiday breaks. These classes are meant to help children from falling through the gaps, following almost a year of missed education due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the Daily Mail reported.
“I am absolutely determined that no child will be left behind as a result of the pandemic,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, according to the Daily Mail. “Our top priority is to get schools open again and once they are, we will make sure that teachers and students are equipped with the resources and the time they need to make up for lost learning.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is anticipated to announce a three-point plan on Monday, February 22, that includes hundreds of millions awarded to schools to help them in hiring private tutors, as well as paying teachers extra in order to extend their working day. This will add hours of instruction to make up some of the hours that were lost in the classroom due to the pandemic, the Sunday Times reported.
A spokesperson for the Department for Education said: “The Prime Minister is due to set out plans for schools reopening on 22 February, and pupils will return from 8 March at the earliest.”
“Schools are the best place for young people’s education, development and wellbeing, and we are committed to fully reopening them as soon as the public health picture allows,” the spokesperson added.
Newly appointed Education Recovery Commissioner Sir Kevan Collins drew up the plan for summer school. Under his plan, which features a revised curriculum for summer school, pupils will engage in sports and physical education in the morning before sitting down at the desk. This altered daily schedule is due to concerns that a lack of physical activity could affect students’ mental health and academic success, the Sunday Times reported.
In describing the plan, a source told the Times: “This is not just education support but also social support. We are acutely aware that pupils’ mental health has been impacted by not seeing friends or playing sport.”