Social distancing and safety measures at Wensleydale School
Social distancing and safety measures at Wensleydale School

Preparations begin to help students catch-up on missed education

23 June 2020

Primary and secondary schools in North Yorkshire will be looking at how they will be implementing catch-up education over the next few weeks, following the Government’s announcement of funding for extra tuition.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on Friday (June 19) a national £1 billion package of support to tackle the impact of lost teaching time.

A total of £650 million of this one-of financial payment will be shared across state primary and secondary schools over the 2020/21 academic year, from September.

The remaining £350 million will be used to help the most disadvantaged young people access to high-quality tuition, through a National Tutoring Programme to prevent the gap between them and their more affluent peers widening.

Although final details of the funding is yet to be announced, headteachers in North Yorkshire are now looking at the most appropriate form of catch-up education for their individual school.

Stuart Carlton, Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services, said:

School leaders and staff will be looking at how best to use the Government’s funding for catch-up education.

There will be a no one-size-fits-all approach to this; schools will be making their decisions based on the needs of their pupils, the availability of teaching staff and other considerations. It may be they run intervention programmes, bring in extra teaching capacity or “bolt-on” lessons at the end of the traditional school day.

But the County Council and North Yorkshire’s schools are all completely committed to making sure no child’s education loses out as a result of the pandemic and will be working very hard to make sure we get every pupil to where they need to be in their academic progress.

Pupils, teachers and parents in North Yorkshire have had to adapt to some very challenging circumstances over the last few months and I would like to thank them for their work.

Further announcements are expected from the Government on when other year groups will be returning to secondary school. Students in Years 10 and Years 12 currently have some face-to-face teaching time in school, as they study for exams they are due to sit next year. A quarter of these year groups in school at any one time.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced he intends all pupils in all year groups in England to go back to primary and secondary school full-time in September, with further guidance expected to be published in the next fortnight.

Stuart Carlton said:

Getting children and young people back to school is of the utmost importance. We await the details from the Government so we can get on with the planning of schooling.

With many parents and carers in the county now returning to work as the summer approaches and more lockdown measures are relaxed, independent holiday clubs and activities should be resuming where possible.

The Government announced on Friday (June 19) that organisations offering holiday clubs and activities for children over the summer holidays should be able to open, as long as they run protective measures in place at the time such as social distancing and hygiene rules.

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