Boris Johnson promises more school catch-up cash in ‘damp squib’ row

The prime minister has promised schools in England there will be more money “coming down the track” after catch-up plans were labelled a “damp squib”.

Head teachers had said they were “hugely disappointed” by a £1.4bn Covid recovery package, which breaks down to £50 extra per pupil per year.

Most of the funding will be for tutoring to make up for lost learning.

Boris Johnson said it would “give parents the confidence” that their children would be supported.

But the plans so far are much more limited than the £13.5bn that the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank had calculated would be required to catch up on lessons disrupted by the pandemic.

Read the BBC news article here.