State schools

Government to work with councils on school summer camps

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The government has said it would be willing to work with Essex County Council on any plan to set up summer camps to help pupils catch up on the teaching they missed out on during lockdown.

The idea was raised in the Commons by Harlow MP Robert Halfon, who welcomed the £1bn package to help pupils catch up on missed teaching.

But the Conservative MP - who is also chairman of the Commons Education Committee - wanted assurances that councils would have a say in the way that money was spent.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the government will look at the idea.

Robert Halfon
UK Parliament

PM observes social distancing as £1bn school 'catch-up' fund announced

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was visiting a school as the government announced a £1bn fund to help children use tutors to catch up with work missed during lockdown.

The PM was social-distancing at Bovingdon Primary near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire as plans were revealed to offer more help both in and out of schools.

Boris Johnson at Bovingdon Primary School
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Labour's shadow education secretary Rebecca Long Bailey said the plans "lack detail and appear to be a tiny fraction of the support" needed.

Schools minister Nick Gibb told the BBC there was lee-way for heads to set up summer schemes if they so wished.

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