Gavin Williamson announcement: What time is Education Secretary's speech today, Wednesday, February 24?

GAVIN Williamson will be leading tonight's coronavirus press briefing (Wednesday February 24, 2021) live from Downing Street.

The Education Secretary will update the nation on the Government's plan to see all children back in school from March 8 as part of Boris Johnson's roadmap to exiting lockdown. Here's what we know…

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What time is Gavin Williamson's announcement

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will hold a Downing Street press conference today (Wednesday, February 24, 2021) at 5pm.

Mr Williamson is due to address the plan of action for kids returning to school, after Boris Johnson announced all children will return to class from March 8, 2021.

It is unclear who will join Mr Williamson at the latest briefing.

But previous conferences feature regular scientific and health experts, including deputy chief medical officer for England, Jonathan Van-Tam, professor Chris Whitty and Professor Stephen Powis.

Previous and regular ministers to lead the conference include Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Culture Minister Oliver Dowden and the Prime Minister himself.

What will he announce?

Gavin Williamson is expected to announce an extra £700m invested in returning kids to full time education after months away from class.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, Mr Williamson hinted schools could lengthen the day or shorten the summer break to give disadvantaged kids more time to catch up on learning lost to the lockdown.

The Education Secretary said he is looking at "the whole expanse of what we can do in terms of helping children have extra teaching time" over fears millions will be left behind.

The Education Secretary repeatedly refused to rule out measures like schools extending their day or returning during the summer holidays to make up for lost time.

His remarks came as the Government today unveiled a £700 million catch-up fund for the kids who have missed out the most while classrooms have been shut.

Boris Johnson declared: "When schools re-open on 8 March, I want to make sure no child is left behind as a result of the learning they have lost over the past year."

Under new plans teachers will be asked to cut short holidays to help secondary kids with face-to-face lessons before the new school year starts in September.

Ministers want Year 7 pupils to get first dibs on classes, but say they will leave it up to head teachers to pick who should get priority.

How can I watch it?

You cna watch the conference from 5pm through various formats.

Viewers will be able to watch the presser on The Sun's official YouTube account.

In addition, our live coronavirus and politics blogs will also provide updates and reports on what is said during the briefing.

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