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Government summer schools will reach just 1 in 12 of pupils

ONLY one in 12 pupils will be able to access the government’s puffed-up summer school plans, Labour’s analysis of official data has found.

Labour, which looked at summer school funding plans, has demanded that ministers put children at the heart of a national recovery.

In February, the government announced funding for summer schools to support children’s following the lockdown.

But only 8 per cent of students will able to access it, Labour said.

For incoming Year 7 pupils, the funding would provide just one week of summer teaching and activities.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green said: “These half-baked summer school plans are yet more evidence of the Conservatives’ failure to deliver on their promises on children’s recovery.

“The government’s plans are falling far short of what we should demand to help every child recover lost learning and social development.

“The government must be ambitious for children’s recovery or risk a Covid generation being held back.”

Labour said its plans for universal “catch-up” breakfast clubs would see all children benefit from a healthy meal to start their day while creating extra time for children to socialise and schools to deliver targeted tuition support.

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