Call for ‘summer of play’ to help English pupils recover from Covid-19 stress

Exclusive: children should be having fun with friends instead of extra lessons, say experts

Experts in child development are calling on the government to support a “summer of play” to help pupils in England recover from the stress of lockdown and a year of Covid upheaval.

Instead of extra lessons, catch-up summer schools and longer school days, they said children should be encouraged to spend the coming months outdoors, being physically active and having fun with their friends.

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