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As part of the advice that was worked up along with the Education Endowment Foundation, one of their key recommendations was looking at how you can extend the school day, how you can look at provisional weekends in order to support children who really do need that little bit of extra help in order for them to have a real impact in terms of their educational attainment.
All of these measures can have an enormously positive effect and that’s why we developed a £1bn Covid catch-up fund because schools then have the ability to take such action.
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A Department of Health official has been in touch to explain the figure that Matt Hancock cited earlier (see 2.50pm) when he said that the most recent test and trace figures show that 84.3% of contacts were reached, where contact details were provided. He was referring to figures in annex table 7 in the most recent report.
This table shows that, of the close contacts identified of people testing positive for coronavirus, 75.5% of them were reached and told to self-isolate. But the chart also shows that no contact details were provided for some “close contacts”. Once these are excluded, the success rate rises to 84.3%.