Government’s ‘education recovery’ tsar set to consult with charities as schools reopen

Charities are to be consulted by the government’s ‘education recovery tsar’ on plans to help schools emerge from lockdown and support pupils in the long term.

This week the government announced £700m worth of funding for education to help schools, colleges and early years settings recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

This includes focusing on one-to-one tutoring and helping disadvantaged children.

As part of the plans the government’s education recovery commissioner Sir Kevan Collins has pledged to consult with educational charities, as well as schools and families to develop long term support.

“We know that ensuring all children and young people can make up for lost learning will be a longer-term challenge, and the range of measures announced today are an important next step,” said Collins.

“But this is just the beginning and I’ll be engaging with the sector, educational charities as well as families, to ensure this support is delivered in a way that works for both young people and the sector and to understand what more is needed to help recover students’ lost learning over the course of this parliament.”

A key issue set to be discussed is long term funding for education.

Think Tank the Education Policy Institute (EPI)’s chief executive Natalie Perera says the recovery funding currently on offer “is not enough to support pupils to catch up on their learning and to provide wellbeing activities for pupils of all ages”.

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