SCHOOLS could be open over the summer.
The idea is that they would be used for activities to boost children’s fitness and stop the boredom that leads to some kids getting involved in crime.
Under the plan, schools in England would host sporting, creative and other activities in gyms, halls and on sports fields, but not in classrooms. It’s thought this could help tackle childhood obesity, give under-18s somewhere to go and help families needing childcare in July and August.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s advisers have been talking about the idea with education and sports experts, including UKactive, who are backing the plans.
One of the experts, Paralympic champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, said that school premises could play a vital role if they became “community hubs” over the summer.
“We are ignoring invaluable community assets sitting right on our doorsteps – school facilities – which should be unlocked during the holidays to give every child the opportunity for a healthy, happy summer,” she said.
“Millions of children are being let down and left behind over the summer holidays, forced to choose between days spent in front of a screen or on street corners,” she added.
Sport England found that schools have nearly 40% of the country’s sports facilities, but much of this remains unused during the six-week summer holiday when schools are closed.
A pilot in 24 schools last summer showed that the scheme can work and would be popular, backers say.