Submission to UK Parliament COVID-19 education inquiry

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.

Alongside the recent oral evidence sessions and other written submissions, you can access our submission here: CIE0286 (published 7 July 2020)

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