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Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the Government’s announcement on extra funding for schools, said:

“I have been calling on the Government to recognise the urgent need to help the millions of children in England whose wellbeing and education has been affected by lockdown, so this is a welcome financial commitment.

“It is essential now that this funding is used to help those schools and children who need it most. Writing the cheque is only the beginning, and it will require a national effort to provide the high quality help and support required.

“That must start with a drive to get as many children as possible into school before the holidays, identifying those children who would benefit most from activities in summer schools, and making sure that plans are in place so that all children are back in the classroom in September.”

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