Live: England Education Secretary talks from Downing Street amid rumours of longer school days and shorter summer break


England Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is leading a Downing Street press conference this afternoon.

The move comes after Mr WIlliamson earlier declined to rule out lengthening school days or shortening summer breaks to help pupils in England catch up from coronavirus disruption.

Ministers announced an extra £400million of funding today and asked secondaries to deliver some summer teaching to counteract the months of classroom closures.

With all pupils in England set to return on March 8 in the first easing of the lockdown, the programme includes a one-off £302m “Recovery Premium” for primary and secondary schools to support disadvantaged pupils.

It could include running additional clubs and activities in the summer, or opting for evidence-based approaches to help children from September.

The Downing Street press conference will take place from 5pm and the Education Secretary will be joined by deputy chief medical officer for England, Dr Jenny Harries.

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