LGA responds to £1 billion COVID 'catch-up' plan

“Councils want to work with schools and government to help children catch-up on any school work they may have missed, and ensure as many pupils as possible return to school in September, as it is absolutely vital that children do not fall further behind in their development."


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Responding to the announcement by government of a £1 billion Covid “catch up” package to tackle the impact of lost teaching time, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:

“It is positive that the Government has announced this funding to help children catch up on lost teaching time.

“Teachers have done a fantastic job keeping schools open to vulnerable families and children of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic and more recently expanding schools to more pupils.

“Councils want to work with schools and government to help children catch-up on any school work they may have missed, and ensure as many pupils as possible return to school in September, as it is absolutely vital that children do not fall further behind in their development.

“We now look forward to seeing the guidance for this plan.”