Longer school hours won’t plug Covid learning gaps, says Cambridge academic

As government in England considers extended day, study suggests only small gains can be expected

Keeping pupils in school for longer lessons would not be enough to overcome the gaps in their learning caused by Covid disruption, according to research by a University of Cambridge academic.

With the government in England as part of its catch-up plans, the research found that schools already timetabling longer teaching time in subjects such as English and maths see only modest improvements that may not justify the extra cost.