Coronavirus: Williamson faces MPs' questions over extending FSM vouchers and free laptops

The education secretary has refused to be drawn on calls for free devices and internet access for all pupils who need them, increased Pupil Premium allocations for schools, a continuation of FSM vouchers this summer, or holiday schemes to support disadvantaged pupils.

Gavin Williamson was challenged by MPs in the House of Commons on Tuesday (June 9) after he confirmed the government’s acceptance that bringing back all primary school pupils before the summer will not be possible.

He said that the Department for Education (DfE) would support primary schools to bring back more children from the coronavirus lockdown before the holidays “if they are able”.

During his statement, he also confirmed his intention for the summer examinations in 2021 to go ahead.

He said: “We will be working to bring all children back to school in September. I know that students who are due to take exams in 2021 will have experienced considerable disruption to their education this year, and we are committed to doing all we can to minimise the effects of this. Exams will take place next year, and we are working with Ofqual and the exam boards on our approach to these.”

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