UK coronavirus LIVE: Covid catch-up plan for England schools as lockdown roadmap timeline ‘could be sped up’

April RoachWed, 24 February 2021, 7:10 am

<p>Boris Johnson, wearing a face covering, sits in front of a laptop computer as he takes part in an online lesson during his visit to Sedgehill School</p> (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson, wearing a face covering, sits in front of a laptop computer as he takes part in an online lesson during his visit to Sedgehill School(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Secondary schools are to be given funding to run summer lessons to help children in England catch up on lost learning amid reports Boris Johnson’s lockdown timeline can be sped up if vaccines have a better impact than expected.

The Prime Minister has pledged an extra £400 million of funding, on top of the £300 million announced in January, as part of its education recovery plan following months of school closures.

It comes as Government sources told The Telegraph that, if data reveals the Covid-19 vaccines are having a better impact than expected, then the lockdown roadmap can be accelerated.

A source said that if positive results from the Public Health Scotland study on the Pfizer and Astrazeneca jabs are replicated in England, then the data “would change the calculations” on the timings of the roadmap.