Kate Green – 2021 Comments on Education Policy Institute’s Report

The comments made by Kate Green, the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, on 20 April 2021.

Boris Johnson has betrayed children by overpromising and under-delivering on catch-up.

After a decade of neglect of children’s learning, with rising class sizes and increasing child poverty, the Conservatives’ catch-up funding amounts to a measly 43p per child a day. Their inadequate, poorly targeted tutoring programme is leaving thousands without support and they have no plan for children’s wellbeing despite having had months away from their friends.

Labour would put children at the heart of our national recovery. We need catch-up breakfast clubs and a national strategy to ensure every child recovers from the pandemic and is supported to reach their full potential.