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

January 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


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 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 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 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.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles