Boris Johnson could open schools during the period pupils would ordinarily be on summer break, it has been reported.
Ministers are said to be looking at keeping schools open an extra two weeks.
Classrooms could be instructed to keep doors and windows open in a bid to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading, according to a report in the Sunday Times.
A two-week extension of the school year would see pupils continuing to attend classes into the first week of August.
The missed summer holidays time would then be tacked on to existing autumn and winter breaks.
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Robert Halfon, the Tory chairman of the Education Select Committee, told Sunday Times a change to the school year is being mulled by ministers.
Mr Halfon said: “We have to reform the school year. There has to be change; things cannot carry on the way they did pre-Covid. From my discussions with No10, everything is up for debate.”
Boris Johnson has said schools will not open until at least March 8.
The return to classrooms looks set to the the first step in an eventual lockdown easing.
Downing Street is set to review the restrictions in mid-February.
Ministers are reportedly considering a number of options to help pupils catch up on lost time after months away from classrooms during the pandemic.
The Government is even looking at lengthening the school day to help children catch up, it was reported last week.
Department for Education officials are reportedly examining the cost-effectiveness and evidence of adding extra classes at the start and end of the day.
The Welsh education minister, Kirsty Williams, told the Sunday Times the government was also looking at shortening the summer holidays for children.
Doing so could allow for longer ‘firebreak’ half-term and Christmas holidays due to what appeared to be a ‘seasonal’ element to Covid-19, she said.
But Geoff Barton, of the head teachers’ union ASCL, told the paper that shortening holidays should only be considered in the longer term, because families and school staff would not likely appreciate a cut to the summer break.
Parents and grandparents were “craving” a return to family holidays this summer after a tough year, he warned.
A Department for Education spokesperson said:“We will invest a further £300 million in tutoring programmes, building on the existing £1bn Covid Catch Up Fund, but the Prime Minister has been clear that extended schools closures have had a huge impact on pupils’ education, which will take more than a year to make up.
“The Government will work with parents, teachers and schools to develop a long-term plan to make sure pupils have the chance to make up their lost education over the course of this parliament – and we have just appointed Sir Kevan Collins to the role of Education Recovery Commissioner, to specifically oversee this issue.”
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