Labour is calling on the Government to introduce catch-up breakfast clubs, to help kids recover the time with friends and teachers lost during the pandemic.
Labour Leader Keir Starmer and Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green made the call alongside launching Labour’s ‘Bright Futures Taskforce’ on a visit to a London school. The Taskforce will work develop a national strategy to ensure all children recover the learning and social development lost during the pandemic and have the chance to reach their full potential.
Kate Green MP, Shadow Education Secretary, said:
“The Government’s catch-up plans fall woefully short of the support needed to help children recover from the pandemic, condemning the life chances of a generation of young people.
“Ministers should listen to Labour’s call for breakfast clubs to give every child a healthy breakfast, more time to play with their friends and extra time for teachers to provide targeted catch-up support. The Government must be more ambitious for children’s recovery.”
Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“The Government has treated our children as an afterthought throughout this pandemic and now they are being forgotten in our recovery.
“I am announcing our Bright Future Taskforce to ensure every child can recover from the impacts of the pandemic and every child is able to reach their potential.
“Labour wants to see our children’s recovery at the heart of efforts to rebuild our country so we can make Britain the best place to grow-up in.”