February 24th local time, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the British government will allocate 700 million pounds to help primary and secondary school students make up for the loss of learning opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including requiring secondary schools to provide relevant courses during the summer vacation.
Prime Minister Johnson said that the education program, supported by a total of £700 million, will provide teachers with the tools and resources needed to support students’ learning.
At the same time, Johnson said that it will also provide children with the opportunity to learn and realize their potential.
It is understood that the package focuses on expanding one-on-one tutoring and group tutoring programs, supporting early youth potential development, and providing summer remedial classes for students who need it most.
Under the relevant plan, public schools will receive a lump-time compensation totaling £300 million to support the in-school education of poor students, including special group activities during the summer vacation.
Another £200 million will be focused on secondary schools offering additional courses during the holiday.
Finally, another £200 million is for expansion of existing student tuition programs, including national tutoring programs and funding for language support for preschool children.
Gavin Williamson, the British Secretary of State for Education, said that the British government is currently considering a series of different measures to provide schools with external resources, so that schools can take immediate action and give children extra motivation.
In accordance with the phased road map for lifting the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Johnson on the 22nd, primary and secondary schools in all England will reopen from March 8.