News from Boris Johnson: Schools must teach 32.5 hours a week or more as ‘planned council tax refund’



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Children should be taught from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. under the new proposals

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Schools will be asked to provide at least 32.5 hours of teaching a week under a new plan announced by Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi.

The Department for Education’s new minimum would be the equivalent of a school day lasting from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Most primary and secondary schools already offer a 32.5 hour week, but ministers say there are ‘gaps’ which they say must be abolished by 2023 in ‘levelling’ plans for increase numeracy and literacy rates.

The Schools White Paper will set out the new minimum requirement when published tomorrow. But the government did not release new funds to finance the increase in teaching hours.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reportedly planning a new Council Tax refund after his spring statement failed to allay fears over the cost of living crisis.

Initially, he announced a £150 council tax rebate to help households with very high energy costs – with prices due to rise by more than 50% from next week.

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Students will receive 32.5 hours of instruction per week under the new plan

Schools will be asked to provide at least 32.5 hours of teaching a week under a new plan announced by Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi.

The Department for Education’s new minimum would be the equivalent of a school day lasting from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Nadhim Zahawi, Education Secretary

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Most primary and secondary schools already offer a 32.5 hour week, but ministers say there are ‘gaps’ which they say must be abolished by 2023 in ‘levelling’ plans for increase numeracy and literacy rates.

The Schools White Paper will set out the new minimum requirement when published tomorrow. But the government did not release new funds to finance the increase in teaching hours.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak ‘plans new council tax refund’

Rishi Sunak is reportedly considering another council tax refund amid backlash to his recent spring statement.

Earlier this week the Chancellor’s package of tax and entitlement cuts was widely criticized for not going far enough to help households in the cost of living crisis.

Boris Johnson praises Rishi Sunak after his spring statement

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Initially, Mr Sunak announced a council tax refund of £150 to help households with energy costs – which are set to rise by more than half from next week.

On Friday, the energy price cap will rise from around £1,300 to almost £2,000 and could rise to £3,000 in October.

Mr Sunak is eyeing another multi-billion pound package to help tackle the autumn spike in fuel costs, The temperature reported.

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