Thursday 17 June 2021 / 12:01 AM Kate Green

School leaders say extending day should not be priority in helping children catch up – Kate Green responds

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to NAHT polling which shows school leaders do not see extending the school day as a priority, said:

“The Conservatives pitiful education recovery proposals are letting down our children and the dedicated school staff who’ve worked non-stop to keep children learning over the last year.

“Their failing National Tutoring Programme is reaching less than 2% of school pupils, and the Government has ignored repeated concerns from parents, teachers, and pupils delivering nothing to boost children’s wellbeing or social development.

“Labour has set out an ambitious Children’s Recovery Plan recognising that children’s learning and wellbeing go hand-in-hand together. With new extracurricular clubs and activities to boost wellbeing around the school day, enabling schools to provide tutoring for the children who need it and extending free school meals this summer so no child goes hungry over the holidays, Labour would ensure every child can bounce back from the pandemic.”