Gavin Williamson ditches plans to cut long summer school holidays due to ...

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson ditches plans to cut long summer school holidays due to 'fierce union opposition' Gavin Williamson wanted to scrap long summer holidays for summer camps He told friends that pressure from unions forced him to scrap his radical plans  Teaching union NEU may be prepared to discuss general re-opening of schools  

By Brendan Carlin for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 00:57 BST, 24 May 2020 | Updated: 00:57 BST, 24 May 2020

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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has quietly ditched plans to end the ‘out-dated’ long summer school holidays.

He has told friends that fierce union opposition has forced him to bury his hopes of using the virus crisis to reform the summer vacation.

One week ago, Mr Williamson said there were ‘currently no plans’ to make up class time lost during the lockdown by requiring pupils to return early from their holidays in August.

Instead, sources suggested that special ‘summer camps’ for children of all school ages could be set up to provide catch-up tuition.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has quietly ditched plans to end the ‘out-dated’ long summer school holidays

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has quietly ditched plans to end the ‘out-dated’ long summer school holidays

But the Mail on Sunday understands that the Education Secretary did originally want to make radical reforms by reducing the length of the traditional

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