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Tánaiste supports school catch-up plan for students during summer months

A catch-up programme for students in the summer months is needed so they can catch up on learning lost to the pandemic, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told the Young Fine Gael conference.

The leader of Fine Gael said he will work with colleagues at Cabinet to provide summer provision for those pupils “who need it the most”.

“The catch-up programme will ensure that no matter what the student’s background, they can fulfil their potential,” said Varadkar.

Varadkar told the conference that he has already spoken to Education Minister Norma Foley and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris about exploring one-to-one and small group tutoring programmes, similiar to the UK.

The Department of Education said in February that it intended to support an expanded summer programme this year on the back of last year’s for children with special educational needs as well children who were at risk of educational disadvantage.

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