Gavin Williamson puts schools that close before 3pm in firing line

 Gavin Williamson puts schools that close before 3pm in firing line

Labour’s Kate Green has called for more support for extra-curricular activities in schools, saying “children can’t learn well if they’re worried, if they’re anxious”.

The shadow education secretary told BBC Breakfast: “We’re also suggesting support for extra-curricular activities, play, drama, art and so on, and of course in putting in mental health support in schools.”

She added: “Children need some time to relax and enjoy life, over the summer and into the new school year we think the important thing is to make sure the fabulous facilities that schools have, the sports fields, the art rooms, the music rooms and so on, can be used for out-of-school activities too.

“So we’re talking about school being open for longer but not for lots of extra formal learning, we don’t want children doing maths at five and six in the evening when they’re really tired.”

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