Reject the ‘reductive, deficiency-riddled terminology of catch-up’

We must reject the catch-up at all costs rhetoric and rebuild a school system that learns the lessons from the pandemic. Pete Henshaw reports from the ASCL annual conference, which set out plans to publish a Blueprint for a Fairer Education system this summer

School leaders must reject the “reductive, deficiency-riddled terminology of catch-up” and prioritise a rich curriculum as we rebuild post-Covid.

The message comes as the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) set out its plans to publish this summer a Blueprint for a Fairer Education System in a bid to steer the national conversation about how we “Build Back Better”.

The blueprint will be based on ”evidence and expert testimony”, general secretary Geoff Barton said during his online address to ASCL’s annual conference this week.

Mr Barton’s address praised the crucial role schools have played during the Covid-19 pandemic. His key message to school leaders across the country was: “You are more significant than you realise.”

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