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Prime Minister praises Robert Halfon for “vociferous” campaign as MP questions PM on support for Harlow’s school children

General / Sun 11th Jul 2021 at 12:51pm

ON Wednesday, Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, questioned the Prime Minister at the Liaison Committee in Parliament about the Government’s long-term plan for helping Harlow’s young people catch up on the learning they have lost as a result of school closures and ‘bubble rules’. 

Mr Halfon highlighted the 93,500 children across the country who, for the most part, have not even returned to school since they were re-opened on March 8th. He further probed Boris Johnson on the Government’s £3 billion catch-up programme and how effectively it is supporting those children who need it most.

The Harlow MP said that there were “Argentinian levels of hyperinflation in our schools with 640,000 pupils being sent home this week compared to 385,000 the week before” and that we “also have exam orphans with year 10 pupils, due to sit GCSEs next summer, missing 1 in 4 days of face-to-face teaching”.

The Prime Minister congratulated Mr Halfon for his “vociferous” campaigning for Harlow’s schools and school children and said it was clear how much Mr Halfon “cared about this”. He added that these issues needed “the most important investment the Government can make” and that he will be looking at further measures to ensure that pupils catch-up on all aspects of their learning – including a longer school day to include more extra-curricular activities – something Mr Halfon has championed in the House of Commons. 

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