Commenting on the shadow education secretary’s speech to Labour Party Conference, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

"Young people only get one shot at education so schools and colleges need urgent investment for recovery activities or else many students will get left behind or miss out on making progress.  

"Labour are right to focus on small group work for the students who need it because much more of this will be needed than in a normal year and this requires funds for proper staffing.  

"This is the right time to be talking about boosting high-quality after-school provision including homework clubs and access to music and sport. 

"Sir Kevan Collins warned the Government of the risks of not investing in recovery education adequately. If the Government refuses to invest in recovery then the gap between children from low-income families and middle class families is going to widen hugely. Without investment, a widening gap and rising school exclusions is therefore predictable and is a path we as a society must not take."