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

FOR kids across the country, the Easter break will be their last chance to let off some steam before the summer semester begins.

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

For children across the country, the Easter holidays are the last chance to let off steam before the summer semester begins

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

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Nadhim Zahawi is the British Minister for Education

I know the students preparing for this have kicked off their socks and are looking forward to showing what they can do.

And I hope parents find comfort in knowing schools are open and exams are back.

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

Children have had to deal with many disruptions to their education over the past two years as we grapple with the Covid Pandemic.

A huge recovery program has been launched since the outbreak of the pandemic, and the government has committed a significant amount of funding to it.

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

That’s a massive increase of seven percent per student in cash, which will help schools cope with broader 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’m not afraid to push for more – we need an excellent, inspirational teacher in every single classroom, and I don’t accept any excuses that we don’t.

That’s what every child deserves and that’s what I try to deliver.

We are also focused on improving language skills for young children, more class time for 16-19 year olds, and launching a massive tutoring program for children who are at risk of falling behind in their studies.

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

One of the primary means by which we do this is through tutoring, and more than a million tutoring courses have already been started by children who need them.

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 who can benefit from it.

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 teaching in small groups can increase progress by an average of two months in secondary schools and four months in primary schools.

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

So I 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 tutoring courses to be launched by 2024.

If you’re losing as much study time as many of our children are during the pandemic, we should do everything we can to ensure they stay in school for a full day.

For this reason, our new Schools White Paper sets a minimum length of the school week of 32½ hours. It’s the same as saying 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day.

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

Leveling up is about making the system fairer for everyone, and it’s not remotely fair for a child to have 20 minutes fewer classes per day.

While 20 minutes doesn’t sound like a big deal, over the course of a year they can add up to a whopping disadvantage, a total of two weeks of lost time in a year.

I will not accept that your child is so neglected.

I want to spread brilliance across the country.

Excellence must be the expectation, not the exception.

While 20 minutes doesn’t sound like a big deal, over the course of a year they can add up to a whopping disadvantage, a total of two weeks of lost time in a year.

All parents need to be sure that their child is getting the attention and support it deserves.

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

When I visit schools across the country, I am amazed at the talent, enthusiasm and energy that is on display.

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 can unlock the unlimited potential of the next generation and let them 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 the same will happen to others. Our children deserve the very best and we must work together to get it right.

Failure is not an option.

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