There are ‘benefits’ to extending the school day, says Gavin Williamson
Priti Patel plans to increase visa fees for the NHS and other workers from European countries, in what Labor has described as “a stealth tax on frontline heroes”.
The Home Secretary has been accused of going back in part on her promise to remove the immigration surcharge paid by overseas health and care workers, conceded after huge protests.
The line has exploded because Ms Patel plans to remove a £ 55 discount on the application fee for citizens of 26 countries, most of which are EU members.
During the UK’s accession to the EU – due to the free flow of workers’ rules within the bloc – the charter was irrelevant for the vast majority of countries concerned.
The Home Office has been asked to comment on the proposal, first reported by The Times. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow Home Secretary attacked the plan, saying: ‘What does the Home Secretary have against the NHS and caregivers?
“Conservative plans to impose a stealth tax on frontline heroes, who have risked their own health to protect us during this pandemic, are shameful.
Elsewhere, Gavin Williamson has been criticized for his department’s ‘pitiful’ Covid stimulus package for schools. The proposals have been widely condemned by teachers’ unions, who say the proposed £ 1.4bn is well below what is needed to help students get back on track after months of lockdown .
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Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 8:04 AM
Public schools catch-up plan “will fall at first hurdle” due to lack of funding, school heads warn
Ministers’ plans to help students make up for lost learning due to the Covid-19 crisis are likely to “fall at the first hurdle” due to a lack of funding, school leaders have warned.
The Department of Education has pledged £ 1.4bn for proposals including 100m more hours of tutoring for children in England and more funding for teacher training.
Our political correspondent Jon stone has reports:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 8:08 AM
Starmer says he’s listening to Blair’s ‘total rebuild’ advice to get work going again
Sir Keir Starmer said he was listening to Tony Blair’s advice that Labor needed “total deconstruction and reconstruction” to revive as a political force, as he admitted the party’s “titanium” job to conquer the power.
In an interview with Piers Morgan, the Labor leader also answered personal questions about his late mother’s illness, her marriage and her desire to travel the country this summer to hear from voters who rejected the party in the last election.
Our political correspondent Ashley cowburn has more details:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 8:11 AM
“No cut corners” on the student stimulus plan, insists Williamson
Gavin Williamson insisted that “no corner has been cut” in the government’s plan to help students make up for learning lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The education secretary has denied failing to secure sufficient funding from Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, to help the children recover from months of confinement.
When asked by LBC’s Nick Ferrari whether the plan had been done ‘on the cheap’, Mr Williamson replied: ‘It certainly is not, no corner has been cut. We have deployed this program; it delivers, it works “.
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021, 8:37 a.m.
School recovery plan amounts to ‘£ 50 per pupil’ in England
Gavin Williamson has suggested more money will be “needed” as the government tackles student learning lost during the pandemic.
Telling him that an additional £ 1.4 billion was £ 50 per pupil in England, the Education Secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: ‘That’s it quite unprecedented to get that amount outside of a spending review.
“But what we decided to do was intervene, support and invest in children immediately – that’s why we have … in the last few months announced a total of more than 3 billion sterling in terms of targeted aid for children. “
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 8:57 AM
School lunch breaks could be reduced by half an hour due to lack of funding
Education Secretary Gavin Willaimson has suggested that school lunch breaks could be reduced by half an hour to give children more time for lessons, due to a lack of funding from guardians.
Ministers are looking for ways to help students make up for lost time due to Covid-19 without spending the amount of money their advisers deem necessary for additional resources.
Our political correspondent Pierre Pierre reports:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 9:10 AM
Stimulus plan ‘seriously fails children’, says Labor
Labor shadowy education secretary Kate Green said the children had been “badly disappointed” by the government’s stimulus package.
She said the proposals fail to address parents ‘”most serious concern” about students’ emotional well-being and their ability to socialize.
“So it’s a very limited announcement, I’m afraid, that the government is making,” the MP for Stretford and Urmston told Sky News.
“Children and youth can’t really afford to wait for this government to get a sane package that will properly address children’s recovery and well-being.”
In a separate interview with BBC Breakfast, Ms Green said the government should provide more support for extra-curricular activities.
“Children cannot learn well if they are worried if they are anxious if they don’t have time to play and develop,” she added.
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 9:47 AM
Student recovery tsar: “No longer necessary” to meet the scale of the challenge
Sir Kevan Collins, who is still considering long-term proposals to tackle the impact of Covid on children, called for £ 15bn in funding and 100 additional teaching hours per student.
Responding to the Department of Education’s £ 1.4billion plan, he said a “sustainable and comprehensive support package” would be needed to get education levels “back on track”, adding that “More will be needed to meet the scale of the challenge.” .
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 10:08 AM
Pro-Brexit boss Wetherspoons calls for more migration from EU to staff bars
Pub chain pro-Brexit boss JD Wetherspoon has urged the government to increase migration from the EU to deal with a shortage of workers in the hospitality industry.
My colleague Tom Batchelor reports:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 10:22 AM
UK calls on EU to use more ‘common sense’ on Northern Ireland protocol
Boris Johnson’s Brexit Minister David Frost has said previously agreed Northern Ireland trade deals with the EU are not “sustainable” in their current form.
Lord Frost also called on Brussels leaders to use more “common sense” to help find practical solutions to the problems posed by the Northern Ireland Protocol.
My colleague Adam forrest reports:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 10:43 AM