LGA responds to NEU holiday local offer proposal

"We agree that councils must be fully funded and have local flexibility to deliver any scheme that aims to provide additional support and services to vulnerable children and young people over the summer."


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Responding to the National Education Union’s proposal to create a Holiday Local Offer for children and young people, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People said:

“Councils and schools continue to do a fantastic job supporting children and young people in our communities.

“We agree that councils must be fully funded and have local flexibility to deliver any scheme that aims to provide additional support and services to vulnerable children and young people over the summer.

“Councils are ready to step up and innovate by using cultural facilities to provide space and resources to support learning efforts and physical activities over the summer when most schools will be closed.

“It is vital that the Government urgently opens a dialogue with councils and schools to offer clarity for its proposals to help children catch-up on schoolwork they may have missed out on during lockdown, both during the summer and into the autumn, to ensure young people are helped to re-engage with all forms of learning from September.”