Coronavirus UK news update – Schools may be open in summer in huge £720m catch-up plan to prevent kids falling behind

SCHOOLS could remain open all summer as part of a huge £720 million plan to prevent children falling any further behind.

Headteachers will be encouraged to continue providing lessons for the millions of children whose education has suffered as a result of lockdowns keeping them out of the classroom.

Boris Johnson said the huge financial boost will help ensure “no child is left behind” due to the pandemic after schools return on March 8.

The Prime Minister praised teachers and parents for doing a “heroic job with home schooling” but said the classroom was “the best place for our children to be”.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson this morning told BBC Breakfast viewers that the average primary school will receive around £6,000 extra funding, with the average secondary school getting around £22,000 extra.

He said it was up to head teachers to decide how to use the money – but suggested it could be used to pay teachers overtime for extra teaching over the summer to help kids make up for lost time during covid.

Although teaching unions welcomed the investment in education, they have already raised concerns that having children in school over summer risked teachers “burning out” and pupils being “overwhelmed”, the BBC reported.

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