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Post-Covid: Building a resilient education system

A report into the pandemic experiences of primary schools offers some stern and direct messages which the government should heed we are to truly Build Back Better. Suzanne O’Connell reports

A survey conducted by UCL Institute of Education asked schools about their experiences during the pandemic (Moss et al, 2021). The resulting report delivers some stern and direct messages for government.

The report – Learning through Disruption – is subtitled “Using schools’ experiences of Covid to build a more resilient education system”. The survey itself was carried out between May and August 2021 and used a case study design with a focus on areas of deprivation. Seven case study primary schools were selected.

The study set out to identify how primary schools had been dealing with the many, wide-ranging impacts of Covid and included 50 in-depth interviews with headteachers, teachers and other members of staff and parents.

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