Northumberland families have their say on summer teaching as Government announces 'catch-up' funding for schools

Gazette readers have both backed and criticised holding summer schooling during the six-week break to help children catch up on lost learning as a result of the pandemic.

By Debra Fox
Thursday, 25th February 2021, 10:14 am

The Government this week announced an additional £400million of funding to help pupils catch up from coronavirus disruption – with secondary schools asked to deliver some summer teaching to mitigate time spent at home instead of in the classroom, with part of the funding going towards this.

As schools prepare to resume face-to-face teaching in England from Monday, March 8 we asked for your views on summer schooling.

While some backed the idea of giving children time to catch up, others stressed the importance of enjoying missed family and leisure time.

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This is what you said on the Northumberland Gazette Facebook page:

Charlie Worth: “I think it’s a great idea! I’ve been working from home for the past 11 months and haven’t been able to help my son with the school work he has received.

"It’s a great idea, kids need the opportunity to catch up with their eduction, and get back into a routine.”

Mel S Bee: “I’d support schools providing free summer clubs for all children, but not academic summer schools. That way they can build up their resilience, friendships, have fun and give their parents a breather too.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson holds a virtual news conference at 10 Downing Street. Picture: John Sibley - WPA Pool/Getty Images.

Fran Dembele: “As if the past year hasn’t been hard enough for children and staff without taking away their holidays.”

Lyndsey Thornton: “They have tried their hardest to keep up with work. They aren't sitting here doing nothing all day! Mine were ready for the half-term break. They need the rest!”

Clare Taylor Coleman: “The summer holiday is only six weeks. They need family, outdoors, friends and fun before classes start again in September. Six weeks won’t work miracles academically so let them enjoy the break.”

Gemma Douglas: “The impact on young children from missing out on so much of their education, social skills and physical activity is huge. I’m keen to see an investment in our children to support them as they catch up.”

David Paul: “Education doesn’t just occur in the classroom! Let them be kids and enjoy their childhood for once.”

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