National Association of Head Teachers

Headteacher welcomes £1bn schools 'catch-up' money

A Cumbrian headteacher has welcomed the government's £1bn investment into education to provide catch up plans for disadvantaged pupils in the county.

Clem Coady, from the National Association of Headteachers in Cumbria, says the money can be spent on "bespoke" catch-up plans for youngsters.

He says there is a small minority of disadvantaged children who aren't able to learn from home and this money will be a great help to them.

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Whether schools use that for purely academic purposes, or pastoral purposes to prepare the children for learning, we'll look at the evidence and we'll go with that."

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Schools need better guidance, says head teachers' leader

A teachers' leader in Cumbria says the government needs to refine the list of who is entitled to send children to school, so the most important workers can be assured of a place.

Schools have closed to most children but are keeping some classrooms open for the children of people seen as key workers, so health services and sectors such as food transport can keep operating

But Clem Coady, of the National Association of Head Teachers, says schools are struggling to cope with the numbers of children.

That results in us having to turn away nurses' children doctors' children, people who are essential on the front line, and that's why we need some more clear guidance on who should have access to the child care and changing the the key workers to critical workers."

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