Coronavirus (COVID-19)—government appoints Education Recovery Commissioner

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—government appoints Education Recovery Commissioner

The Prime Minister’s Office has announced that Sir Kevan Collins has been appointed as the Education Recovery Commissioner by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson. With the reopening of schools being a national priority, Collins will ‘oversee a comprehensive programme of catch-up’ for young people to recover the learning lost as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Part of the role will be working with the government to ensure that measures are put in place to support children that missed out on face-to-face education, focusing on factors including curriculum content and the quantity of teaching time.

The news follows a £300m commitment from the government to aid with education catch-up. For more information, see:

• Prime Minister issues statement amid ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, LNB News 28/01/2021 77

• PM confirms schools will not reopen straight after half term amid coronavirus (COVID-19), LNB News 27/01/2021 78

Source: New Commissioner appointed to oversee education catch-up

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