Further to our recent large-scale survey (and related work) on “emergency remote teaching” and the impact of COVID-19 on the education sector, we’ve submitted evidence to the UK Parliament’s Education Select Committee’s inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services.
This House of Commons Education Select Committee inquiry will look at how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of the education sector and children’s social care system and will scrutinise how the Department for Education is dealing with the situation [in England]. It will examine both short term impacts, such as the effects of school closures and exam cancellations, as well as longer-term implications particularly for the most vulnerable children. We have specifically addressed the following areas from their call for evidence:
- Support for pupils and families during closures, including: the consistency of messaging from schools and further and higher education providers on remote learning;
- The effect of cancelling formal exams, including the fairness of qualifications awarded and pupils’ progression to the next stage of education or employment;
- The financial implications of closures for providers (including higher education and independent training providers), pupils and families;
- What contingency planning can be done to ensure the resilience of the sector in case of any future national emergency.