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Sir Kevan Collins warned MPs it would take until at least 2024 for children to make up from lost time in the classroom over the past year.
Most schools pupils in England have been learning from home since the last of January when the third national lockdown was announced.
Months of learning was also lost last spring when schools were forced to close during the first wave of coronavirus.
Sir Kevan has refused to rule out extending the school day or cutting summer holidays as part of the Government’s recovery plan.
He told the Education select committee “all things being considered” and it was not an “either or” between extending the school day or reducing holiday time.
Sir Kevan added: “Although my appointment is for nine months, I think the recovery programme or approach is a long-term and sustained piece of work.
“It certainly won’t be over quickly.
“For me it will go through this Parliament, the legacy and the work we need to do on recovery.”
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