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SUMMER schools will be laid on under a £700million catch- up programme being unveiled by PM Boris Johnson today.

Teachers will be asked to cut short holidays to help secondary kids with face-to-face lessons before the new school year starts in September.

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5Boris Johnson will unveil his catch-up programme todayCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

Ministers want Year 7 pupils to get first dibs on classes, but say they will leave it up to head teachers to pick who should get priority.

England’s schools will get an extra £200million to pay teachers to staff the classes — which can also include sport and other activities.

But despite the extra cash, one source said Downing Street was braced for another “almighty row” with hardline unions over the plan.

Another £500million will go on expanding tutoring schemes.

Teachers and parents have done a heroic job with home-schooling, but we know the classroom is the best place for children to be.

Boris Johnson

About £302million of this is for a new Covid “Recovery Premium” to support kids in primaries and secondaries, based on the pupil premium which already funnels extra cash to the most disadvantaged.

On a visit to Sedgehill School in Lewisham, South East London, yesterday the Prime Minister said: “Teachers and parents have done a heroic job with home-schooling, but we know the classroom is the best place for children to be.

“Our next priority will be ensuring no child is left behind as a result of the learning they have lost.”

The average primary school will receive around £6,000 more, and the average secondary school will get around £22,000 extra.

5The PM visited Sedgehill School in Lewisham, South East London, yesterdayCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd 5Ministers want Year 7 pupils to get first dibs on the summer school classesCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images The Sun says

NOTHING thrills the hard-Left National Education Union like the possibility of stopping Boris Johnson reopening schools.

The welfare of kids or their parents is barely ever considered. The priority is always their members — and weaponising them against the Tories they hate.

The NEU previously objected to reopening schools before child poverty is “ended”.

Its new excuse is it’s simply too hard to get pupils back and a Covid testing regime in place before Easter.

Most teachers do a wonderful job.

They can surely find better representation than this Corbynite wrecking crew.

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And £18million will go on supporting early years.

The cash comes on top of the £1billion schools Covid catch-up announced last year, but includes the £300million extra unveiled by the PM last month.

The Sun understands that ministers also considered extending the school day, but believe it would be too complicated for now.

5Primary schools will also benefit from a new Covid 'Recovery Premium'Credit: Getty 5


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New York : Who is the new New York City Chancellor of Education?

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Unlike Richard Carranza who is from Arizona and moved to the New York City to assume the position of Chancellor of Education, Meisha Ross Porter is a New Yorker born and raised in the Big Apple. It is originally from the neighborhood of Jamaica, in Queens.

Ross Porte will take over as new Chancellor of Education on March 15, after more than 20 years working in the City Department of Education (DOE). The 47-year-old woman will make history by becoming the first African-American to lead the nation’s largest school district, which has more than 1 million students and 1,800 schools.

The teacher began her career in the DOE as a teacher in ‘The Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice’, a school that she helped found and in which she worked for 18 years, even becoming its director.

He currently works as Executive Superintendent for The Bronx, a role in which he is in charge of overseeing Community School Districts 7-12 comprised of 361 schools and 235,448 students.

I grew up in South Jamaica, Queens. My mom is a teacher, and the first thing I learned from my favorite teacher, my mom, is the importance of a teacher in the life of each young person, “said in a statement the educator, who after graduating from university began her career as a young organizer in the Highbridge neighborhood in the Bronx.

After his appointment this Friday, he assured that one of his top priorities will be to seek initiatives to increase diversity and “Remove barriers” in all counties. “I am ready to go to work and lead New York City schools to a full recovery,” Porter said in a statement.

He also emphasized that he will focus on reopening high schools for in-person learning and preparing a plan to open all schools in September.

Meisha Ross Porter Primer:
  • He is 47 years old.
  • He was born and raised in Queens.
  • He was a public school student.
  • He has been working for the DOE for 20 years.
  • She is currently the Executive Superintendent for The Bronx.
  • Previously, she was the Community Superintendent for School District 11.
  • She served as principal of ‘The Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice’.
  • She will be the first African-American in history to serve as NYC Chancellor of Education.

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