Schools could open on Saturdays to help students who lost study time during the pandemic.
New numbers show that between 95,000 and 135,000 children have not returned to school this semester, and that shocking number doesn’t include normal absences or students staying at home due to Covid-19, the reports the mirrors.
It is feared that some may have developed anxiety or mental health problems during the pandemic, while others have dropped out of classes and been involved in criminal activity.
New plans, expected to be endorsed by ministers, could allow schools to extend opening hours, including the ability to open on Saturdays to make up for the time lost by students.
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School principals could even hire evening tutors, including arts, music, and sports, to promote children’s mental health, as well as English and math.
Some schools could pilot an extended day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. after an spending review was announced later this month.
The school principals will also ask parents if they want Saturday mornings for their children. The times reported.
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Some additional lessons are given by teachers who are paid extra for their delivery or by newly hired tutors.
Steve Chalke, founder of Oasis, England’s largest academy trust, told the Times, “We’re not just risking a lost generation. We’re watching it happen.”
It comes after figures released yesterday showed that one in 20 high school students in England was believed to have Covid last week.
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