How must education build back better following the pandemic? Deborah Lawson says that what is needed might not be easy and it won’t be convenient – but we must act all the same, beginning perhaps with our outdated assessment system

At the time of writing, almost one in four adults in the UK have been vaccinated, and the clamour is rising to end lockdown. But we must be cautious. To quote Churchill: "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

What can we learn?

Now, more than ever, is a time to look back as well as forwards and to consider what we have learnt over the past year. Were there any surprises? Which parts of our education system were able to withstand the storm of Covid-19, which failed and need reform, and how on earth will we achieve this?

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