Clear communication – despite chaotic DfE guidance – is secret to schools' success during Covid-19

Clear communication from school leaders was one of the biggest factors in both staff and parents feeling confident in handling the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

A wide-ranging research report has examined the operation of the UK education system during the pandemic to date.

The study, Shock to the System: Lessons learned from Covid-19, paints a chaotic picture that will be familiar to many school leaders with regards to the impact of the often last-minute guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) during the pandemic.

It finds that only 2.5 per cent of school leaders felt supported by the DfE during Covid-19.

School leaders will not want to be reminded of how much of the DfE guidance last year arrived late at night, as schools were due to break-up, or just days before schools returned in September.

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