image captionSeveral of the papers lead with the resignation of the government’s school catch-up tsar Sir Kevan Collins, who has accused the government of underfunding plans to help pupils in England make up for lost learning during the pandemic. The Daily Express says Sir Kevan quit after a “cash bust up” over the “watered down package”.
image captionIn what the Telegraph describes as a “scathing statement”, Sir Kevan said the allocated funding of £1.4bn for extra tutoring “does not come close to meeting the scale of the challenge”. Friends have told the paper he privately expressed “dismay” on Tuesday evening, fearing he had “let down the sector”.
image captionThe Daily Mirror accuses the prime minister of letting down children, after only “a fraction of the cash needed” was allocated to the catch-up plans. Sir Kevan has warned it “risks failing hundreds of thousands of pupils”, the paper reports.
image captionSir Kevan has also written for the Times, saying he had “no option” but to resign after the prime minister rejected his proposals for a £15bn package. The support announced by the government is “too narrow, too small and will be delivered too slowly”, he writes in the paper.
image caption“It’s an ‘F’ for failed Gavin” is the headline for the Metro, which says the education secretary is back in the firing line after the resignation. Gavin Williamson admitted “more is required” after criticism over the amount of funding allocated for the plans, the paper reports.
image captionThe Guardian leads with research about the impact of the pandemic on Generation Z, concluding that Covid policies may be leaving psychological and socioeconomic scars on millions of young people. The paper has heard from hundreds of 16 to 25-year-olds from 30 countries across Europe, with many expressing profound anxiety about their future and accusing governments of failing them.
image captionThe Daily Mail warns foreign holidays are “under threat” because ministers are worried about a new Covid variant thought to have originated in Nepal. The variant has apparently spread to Europe and scientists fear it is resistant to vaccines – although one government adviser said officials should not be overly concerned, the paper reports. The Mail also says there are fears Portugal could lose its green travel status, meaning holidaymakers would have to quarantine on their return to the UK.
image captionThe i also leads with warnings about summer holidays, highlighting that the government has said it will have “no hesitation” in changing the travel status of destinations. Ongoing doubt over the lifting of lockdown restrictions in England on 21 June will also limit changes made to the “green list” of countries, from which arrivals are not required to quarantine, the paper reports.
image captionThe Financial Times leads with a story about Credit Suisse, which the paper says was warned by commodities trader Trafigura last year that the bank’s supply-chain finance funds appeared to contain a suspicious invoice from industrialist Sanjeev Gupta’s business empire. It comes as the level of due diligence that Credit Suisse performed on the funds draws mounting scrutiny, the paper reports.
image captionThe Daily Star warns the UK’s warm weather could “have a sting in the tail” – in the form of 20,000-strong swarms of angry bees. “Heat makes bees go mad!” declares the paper, alongside the headline “global swarming”.