Former Education Recovery Commissioner questioned on the Government’s Covid catch-up plans
23 June 2021
The Education Committee questions Sir Kevan Collins on the Government’s Covid catch-up plans and funding.
Tuesday 29 June, virtual meeting
- Sir Kevan Collins, former Education Recovery Commissioner
- Natalie Perera, Chief Executive of the Education Policy Institute
- Dr Lucie Cerna, Project Leader in the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD
- Dr Rodrigo Queiroz e Melo, Vice-President, European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE)
Sir Kevan stepped down from his post earlier this month, after the Government announced £1.4billion funding for post-pandemic educational recovery. In his resignation letter to the Prime Minister, he said he did not believe it was possible to deliver a successful recovery programme without ‘significantly greater support’ than the Government had so far set out. Altogether, since 2020, a total of £3.1 billion of support has been announced.
The session examines the Government’s plan, views around the level of funding that will be required to properly support children to catch up, and how to address the long-term consequences of the lost learning from the last year.
The hearing also features representatives from the Education Policy Institute, OECD and European Federation of Education Employers to allow the Committee to explore how the Government proposals compare with catch-up programmes in other countries.
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