Furthermore, Ofsted inspections should be frozen until at least 2021 and retired and returning teachers should be recruited to deliver extra support for pupils when they come back to school.
A report into how we might temper the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on pupils, especially the disadvantaged, has also called for a £1bn doubling of the Pupil Premium for a year for certain pupils.
The proposals have come from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think-tank, which has called for new government guidance on inclusion in schools in order to prevent a rise in exclusions when pupils return.
It says that there should be a renewed focus on preventing exclusions and off-rolling, which research shows to disproportionately affect disadvantaged, vulnerable or looked after children (Hutchinson & Crenn-Jennings, 2019).
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