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COVID-19: Education


Towards the end of March 2020, as part of the measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closed to all pupils except vulnerable children and children of key workers.

Some year groups returned to school in June, but most children did not return until September 2020. Therefore, for several months the majority of pupils were learning at home.

Schools were physically closed to most children again on 5 January with 24 hours’ notice and remain closed indefinitely, until further notice from the Government.

The Committee will question senior officials at the Department for Education on how well it managed its overall response in the first lockdown, including whether it effectively supported schools and pupils in England during this period, whether it managed the move to mainly home-learning effectively and whether it effectively supported vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

If you have evidence on these questions, please submit it here by 6:00 pm on Thursday 18 March 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Third Report - COVID-19: Support for children’s education
Inquiry COVID-19: Education
HC 240
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the Third report from Session 2021-22
HC 240
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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25 March 2021
Inquiry COVID-19: Education
Oral Evidence
Social Mobility Foundation (COE0001)
University of Bristol, School of Education (COE0002)
NAHT (COE0003)

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