ASCL comment on learning loss research published by the Department for Education

04/06/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the research published this afternoon by the Department for Education on pupil learning loss caused by the pandemic. 
 
Commenting on the research published this afternoon by the Department for Education on pupil learning loss caused by the pandemic, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“This research provides further stark evidence of the very severe extent of learning loss among pupils as a result of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the particularly severe impact on disadvantaged children.
 
“It is abundantly clear that a recovery programme is urgently required at a scale and scope to address this massive issue.
 
“Instead, we have seen this week a package of measures from the government that is lacking in ambition, inadequately funded and which has caused the Education Recovery Commissioner to resign in protest.
 
“It has been a desperately bleak week for education, and for the nation’s children and young people, and we once again call upon the Prime Minister and the Treasury to step up and urgently provide the substantial recovery programme that children and young people need and deserve.”