We’re spending £9billion to ensure education makes a difference in every child’s life – Reuters

FOR children across the country, the Easter holidays are the last chance to let off steam before the start of the summer semester.

For the first time in two years, summer exams will take place as usual, with students preparing to sit all GCSE, A-level and professional exams.

For children across the country, the Easter holidays are the last opportunity to let off steam before the start of the summer semester
Nadhim Zahawi is the British Minister for Education
Nadhim Zahawi is the British Minister for Education

I know the students preparing for this have worked hard and are dying to show what they can do.

And I hope that parents are reassured that schools are open and exams are taking place again.

But we mustn’t stick our heads in the sand.

The children have had to cope with many disruptions in their education over the past two years as we deal with the Covid Pandemic.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a huge stimulus package in which the government has invested a significant sum.

For the coming year, funding for schools will increase by £4 billion compared to last year.

That’s a massive 7% increase in cash flow per student, which will help schools cope with greater cost pressures, including rising energy prices.

We’re also spending nearly £5 billion on recovery. This includes providing more and better teacher training.

Every child deserves a great teacher and we are fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated teachers in our schools.

But I have no hesitation in asking for more – we need an excellent and inspiring teacher in every class and I accept no excuse for not having that.

This is what every child deserves and this is what I try to provide.

We’re also focused on improving language skills for young children, increasing class time for 16-19 year olds, and launching an extensive tutoring program for children at risk of delaying their studies.

I’m committed to all mothers and fathers. I’ve called it my Parent’s Promise – if your child falls behind in English or math, regardless of school or zip code, your child will receive personalized support to help them get back on track.

One of the most important ways to do this is through tutoring, and over a million tutoring courses have already been started by children in need.

Tutoring used to be something that only a minority of children could enjoy, mainly because of the cost. We’ve given it free to millions of kids to benefit from.

What makes tutoring such a game changer is that we know it works because we have the data to prove it.

There is evidence that small group instruction can accelerate progress by an average of two months in secondary schools and four months in elementary schools.

I’m committed to all mothers and fathers. I’ve called it my Parent’s Promise – if your child falls behind in English or math, regardless of school or zip code, your child will receive personalized support to help them get back on track.

I therefore urge all Sun on Sunday readers with children at school to check with their children’s teachers to see if they are enrolled in the national tutoring program.

We expect up to six million tutorial courses to launch by 2024.

If you’re wasting as much study time as many of our children are during the pandemic, we should do everything we can to make sure they’re in school all day.

That is why our new white paper on schools stipulates a minimum school week of 32.5 hours. It’s the same as saying 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day.

Your local school probably already offers this, but there are thousands – too many in my opinion – that don’t.

Taking it to the next level is about making the system fairer for everyone, and it’s not remotely fair for a child to get 20 minutes less of class a day.

While 20 minutes may not seem like a big deal, over the course of a year it can be a huge detriment, totaling two weeks of wasted time per year.

I will not allow your child to be wronged like that.

I want to spread the shine across the country.

Excellence should be the expectation, not the exception.

While 20 minutes may not seem like a big deal, over the course of a year it can be a huge detriment, totaling two weeks of wasted time per year.

For this to happen, all parents must be confident that their child is receiving the attention and support they deserve.

And that means our brilliant teachers need to do what they do best: focus on improving young people’s opportunities and giving them the best possible classroom experience.

When I visit schools across the country, I am amazed at the talent, enthusiasm and energy there.

The next Steve Jobs, the next JK Rowling, the next Margaret Thatcher – they’re all sitting right there in our classrooms.

I want teachers to continue working with me so that together we recognize the limitless potential of the next generation and enable them to thrive.

As a young boy, coming to this country from Iraq without a word of English, education changed my life.

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Now I am determined that he will do the same for others. Our children deserve the best and we must work together to achieve that.

Failure is not an option.

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