Education recovery: Time for the DfE and the Treasury to step-up

We need to see the government’s blueprint for education recovery and we need to see it now, says Paul Whiteman. Ahead of this month’s NAHT policy-making conference, he also calls for the new secretary of state to stand up to the Treasury on school funding

It is hard to overstate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on school communities. Since the early months of 2020, school leaders and their teams have had to deal with a set of challenges the likes of which no-one could have anticipated.

During that time, I, along with other members of the NAHT team, have been privileged to speak with thousands of school leaders across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Through those conversations, I have heard first-hand the lengths schools have gone to in order to protect and care for pupils in the most unimaginably challenging of times.

From the very start of the crisis, school staff looked after the most vulnerable pupils as the country went into lockdown; they went to extraordinary lengths to keep children fed and safe and effectively re-imagined the very concept of “school” as they worked to implement a remote learning offer.

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