Proposals have been made for a longer school day to help children catch up with school however parents and teachers do not think it will be beneficial.

A report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) states that longer school days should be introduced as part of a three-year funding package of £13.5 billion to reverse the disruption to pupils’ education due to the pandemic.

Kim Michelle Anne thinks the proposal will be beneficial for pupils, saying: “I think it will be a good idea.

“A few more hours at school will not hurt the children, kids who have fallen behind through lockdowns with benefit for the extra help to catch up.”

Teacher, Sarah Jane Waddicor, disagrees with longer days because of childrens attention span in the classroom.

She said: “As a teacher... NO! They have short enough attention spans. A longer day is not effective for the students or the teachers.”

Ustad Saab also agrees with longer school days, saying: “Absolutely, great preparation for future life.

“Few extra hours in school is a great example for when some may have to accept overtime at their workplaces.”

Tracy Walsh does not agree with longer days and said that her son is ready for home at the end of the school day.

She said: “No, think of the children with SEN. My son has ADHD, Tourette’s possible ASD and he is definitely ready for home at the normal time.”

Mother Rachel Smith disagrees with longer days. She said: “No - my daughter has extracurricular activities after school that she has missed out on during lockdown, these are important to.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already made £1.7 billion of catch-up funding available in England to help children who have faced disruption from school and college closures due to Covid-19.

As part of the recovery package, this year summer school will be introduced for pupils who need it the most, while tutoring schemes will be expanded.