“The Conservatives have treated children as an afterthought throughout the pandemic and the news that children’s language and social skills have fallen so far behind ought to be a wake up call.
“Government ‘catch-up’ plans fall far short of what is needed for children to recover lost learning, including nothing on wellbeing or social development. In addition, their stealth cut to the pupil premium hinders schools’ ability to put their own plans in place.
Kate Green has set out her priorities for education and argued that Labour must “develop and re-energise the role of schools, colleges and universities as hubs of their community”.
Participating at an event at Labour’s online conference ‘Connected‘ this evening, the Shadow Education Secretary discussed education both during and beyond Covid as part of a panel hosted by the Socialist Health Association.
The Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee received an update on progress against last year’s ‘Inadequate’ rating from Ofsted on Children’s Social Care.
The report chronicled the growing awareness of the areas requiring continued improvement and new challenges demanding a response. Focus was shifting towards embedding change, quantifying impact and planning for a sustainable legacy.