ASCL comment on National Foundation for Educational Research policy briefing on learning recovery

13/07/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Foundation for Educational Research policy briefing, in which school leaders warn that the current approach to learning recovery is “misconceived and inadequate”. 
 
Commenting on the National Foundation for Educational Research policy briefing, in which school leaders warn that the current approach to learning recovery is “misconceived and inadequate”, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“This policy briefing from the National Foundation for Educational Research gives some worrying insight into how some of our young people have suffered during the pandemic.
 
“It is concerning, but not overly surprising, to hear that students in some of our most disadvantaged communities are suffering badly from the effects of the severe disruption to education experienced over the last 16 months.
 
“The disruption to normal school routines, combined with anxieties over exams and family issues over finances, illness and bereavement will have had a profound effect on those students who were already classed as vulnerable before the restrictions began.
 
“It is even more worrying to hear that school and college leaders are also reporting concerns about students with no previous history of issues with their mental health and wellbeing, including younger children.
 
“The government rhetoric is to constantly refer to tutoring as the solution to educational disruption but this report hints at a more fundamental problem caused by the breakdown of normal routines in our schools and colleges during the pandemic.
 
“The education recovery funding so far announced by the government is woefully inadequate and provides school and college leaders with precious little support to address the significant issues now affecting our young people, including their mental health and wellbeing.”