Sir Kevan Collins quits as catch-up tsar

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Sir Kevan Collins has quit his position as the Government’s schools coronavirus catch-up tsar.

In a letter to Boris Johnson published by the Times Educational Supplement (TES), Sir Kevan said: “I do not believe it will be possible to deliver a successful recovery without significantly greater support than the Government has, to date, indicated it intends to provide.”

His resignation as education recovery commissioner comes after an extra £1.4 billion announced by Government for its catch-up programme for schoolchildren in England was branded “pitiful” by school leaders.

The money, announced by the Department for Education (DfE) on Wednesday, will be used to offer pupils up to 100 million hours of tuition as part of the Government’s catch-up programme for children in England who have faced disruption due to Covid-19.

The £1.4 billion – made available on top of £1.7 billion already pledged – came under fire following suggestions that Sir Kevan called for 10 times as much to be invested.