Westminster Education Forum

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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

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference is looking at priorities for supporting educational attainment in England in the wake of the pandemic and 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 help support education through 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 from September 2021.

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

  • Graham Archer, Director for Education Recovery, Department for Education
  • Ben Jordan, Senior Policy Unit Manager, UCAS
  • Neil Leitch, Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Alliance


Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from the Department for Education. Also due to attend are representatives from Francis Holland Schools Trust; Provident Financial; and Stubbin Wood School.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from DfE, BEIS, MHCLG and other Government departments, agencies and regulators, funding bodies, children’s homes, schools and teaching professionals, alternative teaching providers, universities and colleges, representatives from the NHS and public health, representatives of exam boards, trade associations, business, trade unions, local government, LEPs, city planners, groups representing parents and students, law firms, specialist academics, think tanks, consultancies, social enterprises and charities, together with reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Neil Leitch

Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Alliance

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

Neil Leitch

Chief Executive Officer, Early Years Alliance


Dr Alicia Shaw

Senior Programme Manager, SHINE: Support and Help IN Education

Frank Norris

Education Advisor, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

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