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Help kids catch up campaign

January 10, 2022 10:10 PM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

nnvc (Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash)You may recall that as a result of the closure of schools for long periods caused by covid the government appointed an education recovery commissioner for England, Sir Kevan Collins,to develop a long-term plan to help pupils make up for lost learning during the pandemic.

Months later Sir Kevan put forward plans costing £15bn to enable pupils to catch up on their learning with the government offering only £1.4bn cash over three years

The government's proposal represents £50 per pupil per year ( one of the lowest amounts allocated by any of the rich nations in Europe or Norh America) - and Sir Kevan wrote to the prime minister saying: "I do not believe it is credible that a successful recovery can be achieved with a programme of support of this size."

They ignored his advice and he resigned

As we find our way through the latest wave of the pandemic nothing has changed, the money allocated to support those left behind remains inadequate for the job in hand

Lib Dems would invest £15 billion in helping kids catch up, as recommenced and crucially, some of that money would go direct to parents, with £200 of catch up vouchers for every child, and more for those on free school meals or with special needs.

Every child is different and our plan would ensure they get the individual help they need while helping to close the learning gaps between rich and poor.

You can support the campaign at Help Kids Catch Up (libdems.org.uk)