Pupils could face going to school on Saturdays to catch up on missed lessons, Education Sec reveals

Pupils could have to go to school on Saturdays to catch up on missed lessons after the covid lockdown the government revealed yesterday.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson revealed that extending the school day and "Saturday classes" were options for schools to "help youngsters catch up with the education they have lost."

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He said schools will assess the individual needs of their children, adding there is "clear guidance" about what works in the classroom.

He told the Commons: "That might mean extending the school day for some, that might mean Saturday classes for others.

"There are so many different interventions that can really deliver significant results in terms of helping youngsters catch up on the learning that they have lost."

Labour later raised concerns about the lack of wraparound care available to working parents.

Mr Williamson replied: "We're working with all schools to ensure that provision is provided for parents, we've issued guidance on that in terms of setting out how this could be done in a safe and cautious way that works for both those who work in schools, but also for the children who benefit from this wraparound care, and the parents who depend on it."

He insisted that schools will only ever be closed as an "absolute last resort.”

He told the Commons: "On July 2 we outlined our expectations and what is required for schools in terms of delivery of continuity of education.

"That's why we've made an investment of a further 150,000 laptops that will be provided for those communities that are in a position where they're not going to be able to be providing face-to-face teaching within schools.

"But to be absolutely clear – schools will only ever be closed as an absolute last resort because we all understand in this House, on both sides of this House, how important it is for children to be benefiting from being in school with their teachers and learning in the school environment."

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