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Sport, music and drama ‘should be part of England’s pupil catch-up’

Extra hours of academic learning – as well as sport, music and drama – will be needed to help England’s pupils make up ground following the pandemic, the new education catch-up tsar says.

Sir Kevan Collins told the BBC it was important to “act quickly” on making arrangements for the summer and he said that summer schools “had promise”.

Sir Kevan said the most disadvantaged had lost up to seven months’ progress.

But he also stressed that children were “amazingly resilient”.

In his first media interview, he said the youngest children would “need to learn to play together” and to develop the language and social skills needed for school life.

The government is considering options including shorter summer holidays, summer schools and extended school days, with initial catch-up plans due to be announced in late February.