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Responding to the announcement from the Government on catch up plans for pupils, including funding to run summer schools and expand tutoring provision, Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The disruption that the pandemic has caused has had a profound impact, not only on the educational progress and achievement of many children and young people, but also on their emotional and mental wellbeing.
 
“It is important that as part of efforts to build a sustained and sustainable recovery from the pandemic, substantially more investment will be needed to provide increased capacity to meet the needs of children, young people and families.
 
“The announcement of additional funding from the Government today, whilst welcome, is only a drop in the ocean given the profound impact the pandemic has already had in children’s lives. Education recovery cannot be done on the cheap or at the expense of teachers and support staff in schools who are already working around the clock.
 
“Education recovery cannot be based on trying to squeeze more out of an education system and an education workforce that is already at breaking point as they continue to deal with the unprecedented and exceptional challenges of the pandemic. The Government must now commit to recruiting substantially more staff to provide an ambitious programme that will deliver the education recovery that all children and young people deserve.
 
“Today's announcement is thin on detail and it will be important for the Government to engage with the NASUWT and other stakeholders on the further development of these programmes. In particular, Ministers must provide prompt assurance that all programmes will be designed and implemented in a way that respects the full range of teachers' and school leaders' statutory and contractual employment rights.”

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