Chief inspector: Rounded education crucial to Covid recovery

A “well-planned and well-implemented curriculum” and a rounded offer including sport and extra-curricular opportunities give us the best chance of helping children recover from Covid-19.

In her foreword to Ofsted’s 2020/21 annual report, chief inspector Amanda Spielman has urged schools not to focus purely on academic “catch-up”.

However, the report, published on Tuesday (December 7), sets out starkly the impact of the pandemic and successive lockdowns on children’s education and wellbeing during the last academic year. This includes much that we already know from various research in the last year. The report finds:

However, while much of the focus of late has been on the lost learning of the Covid generation of children, Ms Spielman urges schools to deliver a rounded education for their pupils as we recover from the pandemic.

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