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Education Committee holds roundtable on learning catch up and the impact of school closures

28 May 2020

The Education Committee considers ideas and proposals for supporting a 'learning catch-up' in response to school closures including what can be done in the summer period, in a 'round-table' session.


Wednesday 3rd June - virtual session

At 9.30am

Panel 1

  • Anne Longfield OBE, Children's Commissioner
  • David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute
  • Natalie Perera, Executive Director, Education Policy Institute

Panel 2

  • Professor Becky Francis, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation
  • James Turner, Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust
  • Susannah Hardyman, Chief Executive, Action Tutoring

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 and is likely to consider the Department for Education's role in setting expectations and guidance for parents, teachers and schools to monitor pupils' progress during this period.

There is much concern over the impact school closures will have on disadvantaged children and young people, both in terms of their wellbeing and any learning loss that will result. There are questions over what might be done to mitigate the consequences of the lockdown for these children due to their absence from the classroom, and what a catch up programme might look like, which the roundtable will explore.

Further information

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