The billion pound plan to help kids catch up with school work

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The Government has pledged £1billion to help pupils catch up with their schooling but some teaching unions have warned it may not be enough.

During the lockdown, the experience children are having of home learning across the region varies drastically.

In Haverhill in Suffolk, Lucille Whiting home schools her five children - she says their experience has been largely positive.

Mum Lucille, like many, has been busy home schooling Credit: ITV News Anglia
Sarah has been coming into her school in Essex for a few weeks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

For the past 6 weeks year 12 student Sarah Weersing has been coming into school for her learning.

Her parents are key workers but she made the decision to come back to Saffron Walden County High because learning from home just wasn't working.

The PM wants all pupils back by September Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Prime Minister has said "every child" should be back in school by September following the announcement of the billion pound catch-up plan.

As a way to mitigate the time lost to lockdown, the PM is introducing a scheme which will see the most disadvantaged children in England given access to funds to pay for personal tutors.

The majority of the funding will allow schools to step in to cover lost teaching time.

The Prime Minister on a visit to a school. Credit: ITV News

Mr Johnson said last week that school pupils would undergo a “massive catch-up operation over the summer and beyond” to get up to speed on work they have missed, with thousands of youngsters having been out of class since March.

But he is determined no more education time will be lost after the summer holidays.

"Provided we can make the classrooms safe, and I think we can, I want every child, every pupil, every student back in September and I'm sure we can get it done," he said.

Rachel Law runs a tutoring agency in Ely. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tutor Rachel Laws says in the last week she's seen a big increase in calls from parents worried their children will not be able to catch up alone.

But unions have warned the money doesn't go far enough Credit: ITV News Anglia
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