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Commenting on the Government’s ‘catch up’ announcement, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The Government has managed once again to raise the expectations of the nation’s children, only to let them down with a lukewarm announcement.

“Today’s announcement will inevitably raise questions about whether the Government has an adequate plan for dealing with the challenges children and young people continue to experience as a result of the pandemic and the disruption that has been caused to their education, personal, social and emotional development.

“The Government needs to recognise that schools alone cannot solve the problems caused by the pandemic and that substantial additional investment will also be needed for a raft of essential services to support children and families, including investment in mental health and counselling services.

“It is not in the interests of children and young people to ask teachers simply to soldier on.

“Today’s announcement falls far short of what is needed to secure an education recovery or to support schools and teachers who are already working flat out to support children and young people whose education and wellbeing has been impacted significantly during the pandemic.”

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