UK coronavirus live: £1bn tutoring fund to help England's students catch up on learning

News updates: Education secretary to reveal details of £1bn funding package for schools to help pupils catch up on lessons missed during the coronavirus lockdown

7.55am BST

Asked this morning about the government’s abandonment of its own contact tracing app in favour of a design by Apple and Google, schools minister, Nick Gibb, said that there was no point rolling out a system that then fails.

“We want to have ambitious plans to track and trace, and that’s what the app is about, but it has to be properly tested,” he added.

7.49am BST

An estimated 4.5 million people – three times the size of the NHS workforce – have been forced to become unpaid carers for sick, older or disabled relatives by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research.

Charities say the huge increase – a result of support services being withdrawn – has happened behind closed doors.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: UK coronavirus live: £1bn tutoring fund to help England's students catch up on learning ———

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