Education secretary urges transformation as English schools reopen, but Ofsted calls for caution

Ministers need to be cautious about lengthening the school day or changing holidays as a means for pupils to catch up after Covid, the head of Ofsted has said, as Gavin Williamson called for a “transformative” reform to the schools system following the pandemic.

The education secretary confirmed that the government would examine ideas including a five-term school year, or longer school days, as schools in England fully reopen on Monday.

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