| 25 June 2021, Friday |

UK allocates $2 billion funds for tutoring sessions in schools

UK have pledged $2 billion for schools to provide tutoring sessions for pupils over three years, to help pupils whose learning has been disrupted by the pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We will do everything we can to support children who have fallen behind.”

Head teachers criticized the proposals as a “damp squib” and “hugely disappointing”.

The amount announced is lower than had been previously suggested – think tank Education Policy Institute (EPI) calculated a recovery plan would cost £13.5bn.

“Young people have sacrificed so much over the last year and as we build back from the pandemic, we must make sure that no child is left behind,” said Johnson, announcing “this next step in our long-term catch up plan”.

The recovery plan, in addition to the $2.4 billion already announced, will include $1.4 billion for 100 million hours of tutoring and  $350 million for teacher training and development.

Tutoring will be targeted at those considered most in need of support, but it will not be an entitlement for all pupils.

There had been reports that a recovery plan could include a longer school day – but funding for any further catch-up proposals will depend on the next spending review.