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The reopening of schools so far and lessons learnt

12 June 2020

The Education  Committee is holding an oral evidence session to consider the reopening of schools so far and what can be learnt as the phased reopening of schools continues across the country.

Purpose of the session

The session is part of the ongoing inquiry into the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on education and children's services. The session will examine the experience of schools reopening so far from the perspective of teaching and support staff, MATs and local authorities, and the implications for the feasibility of further reopening schools.

The first panel will give the perspective of school support staff, teachers and school leaders. Members will then have the opportunity to question bodies representing the academy and free school sector, as well as local authorities who will have played a role in supporting maintained schools during this time.


Wednesday 17th June at 9.45am

Panel 1

  • Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary
  • Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy, ASCL
  • Jon Richards, National Secretary, Education, Local Government, Police and Justice, UNISON
  • Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary, NEU

Panel 2

  • Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive Officer, Confederation of Schools Trusts
  • Unity Howard, Director, New Schools Network
  • Cllr Judith Blake CBE, Chair of the Local Government Association Children & Young People Board

Further information

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