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Key priorities for education recovery in the wake of COVID-19 - raising attainment, student catch up, and improving social mobility

Morning, Tuesday, 11th January 2022


This conference is looking at how best to support educational attainment in England in the wake of the pandemic and the particular approaches needed for supporting disadvantaged families.


It will be a timely opportunity to consider what can be learned from initiatives and policies that were brought in to support education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the National Tutoring Programme and the education recovery package.


Delegates will assess what has been effective in delivering intended improvements in terms of attainment and provision, as well as in providing the necessary assistance to the sector and its workforce.


Further discussion looks at priorities for education recovery in the context of recent reforms, including the revised EYFS framework and the implementation of Reception Baseline Assessments, which were rolled out in September 2021.


In addition, discussion will focus on the expected impact of the new funding announced in the Spending Review 2021 to top up the core schools budget, as well as the new additional funding going towards addressing children and young peoples’ learning loss during the pandemic.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Graham Archer, Director for Education Recovery, Department for Education
  • Paul Finnis, Chief Executive Officer, Learning Foundation and Digital Poverty Alliance
  • Ben Jordan, Senior Policy Unit Manager, UCAS
  • Neil Leitch, Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Alliance
  •          Dr Angela Donkin, Chief Social Scientist, National Foundation for Educational Research

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE; the Government Legal Department and the NAO - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.



Keynote Speakers

Graham Archer

Director for Education Recovery, Department for Education

Neil Leitch

Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Alliance

Ben Jordan

Senior Policy Unit Manager, UCAS

Dr Angela Donkin

Chief Social Scientist, National Foundation for Educational Research

Keynote Speakers

Graham Archer

Director for Education Recovery, Department for Education

Paul Finnis

Chief Executive Officer, Learning Foundation and Digital Poverty Alliance

Ben Jordan

Senior Policy Unit Manager, UCAS

Dr Angela Donkin

Chief Social Scientist, National Foundation for Educational Research

Neil Leitch

Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Alliance

Chair

Christian Wakeford MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on T-Levels

Speakers

Dr Alicia Shaw

Senior Programme Manager, SHINE: Support and Help IN Education

David Moran

Executive Principal, Catch22 Multi Academies Trust

Russ Atkinson

Principal, Duke’s Secondary School, Ashington

Susan Morgan

Lecturer, School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences, Ulster University

Frank Norris

Education Advisor, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Tina Emery

Co-Chair, National Network of Parent Carer Forums

Vanessa Linehan

Manager, Sandbrook Community Playgroup, Hackney

Lisa Capper

Principal and Director of Education and Skills, Nacro

Tom Bewick

Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Awarding Bodies