Boris Johnson’s catch-up tutoring ‘will arrive too late’ for pupils who need it most

The £350m initiative promised by Boris Johnson will not be in place in schools until spring 2021, warn unions

Pupils in England will have to wait until the winter to access the “catch-up” personal tutoring Boris Johnson promised would take place over the past summer, with headteachers warning the extra support will arrive too late for most children who need it.

In June, the prime minister promised there would be a “huge catch-up” programme during the summer for pupils disadvantaged by the coronavirus outbreak, but it’s now emerged schools will have to wait until November to access the government’s £350m national tutoring programme (NTP), while some tutors will only begin arriving in schools during the spring term.

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