Education Recovery Plan: Tsar's resignation rounds off nightmare day for DfE

The government has been accused of waiting until half-term to “sneak out” the announcement of its Education Recovery Plan to avoid criticism about a significant lack of funding and its “lack of ambition”.

However, if that was the plan, it failed miserably as a day of heavy and scathing criticism ended with the resignation of the Education Recovery Commissioner Sir Kevan Collins.

School leaders and others have laid into the Department for Education (DfE) after it lost its battle with the Treasury and was given just £1.4bn for its recovery plan.

It has previously been estimated that as much as £15bn will be needed to properly fund the government’s “catch-up” commitments, taking into account both academic and wellbeing recovery. This is something like the figure that it is thought Sir Kevan requested.

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