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Less than half of pupils on free school meals to get support from government's tutoring programme

LESS than half of pupils on free school meals will get support from the government’s “pitiful” catch-up tutoring scheme, Labour warned yesterday. 

The party said the Tories’ flagship national tutoring programme is projected to reach just 43 per cent of the more than 1.7 million children on meals support — only 8 per cent of all pupils — next year.  

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s so-called “tutoring revolution,” which he promised would enable pupils to catch up after missing an average of 115 days of in-person classes during the Covid-19 pandemic, is failing Britain’s children, Labour charged.  

In questions to Mr Williamson today, shadow education secretary Kate Green will contrast his proposals with Labour’s children’s recovery plan, which sets out £14.7 billion of investment in breakfast clubs, new extracurricular activities and more mental health support.

Ms Green said: “We have seen failure upon failure from this Conservative government, which has treated children as an afterthought.

“Labour has listened to parents, teachers and children and set out a recovery plan that is ambitious for children’s futures.”

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