Catch-up funding for English schools ‘won’t start until September’

An extra £650m funding to help pupils catch up on teaching missed during the coronavirus lockdown will only start to be distributed to schools in September, the education minister, Nick Gibb, has said.

The funding is part of a £1bn “massive catch-up operation” for schools due to be announced by the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, later on Friday. Of the £1bn, £350m will subsidise a nationwide tutoring programme to help pupils most at need.