Commenting on proposals published by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) today (Weds 6 May), Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “There will be many priorities for schools when children return. Academic catch up for all children will be important, with extra help for those who have been most disadvantaged by the lockdown to try and mitigate the attainment gap. But children will need a wide range of pastoral, mental health and wellbeing support too.
“Schools were already struggling to provide everything children need before this crisis, damaged as they and other social services have been have been by a decade of austerity. If schools are to be held responsible for healing the scars left by COVID-19, be that educational, developmental or emotional, they will absolutely require additional funding and resources to do so.
“We strongly support the call to double the pupil premium and for additional and sustained funding for children’s services. And we agree that a pause on Ofsted inspections would be right, to enable schools to focus on children first and the huge challenge at hand.”
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