Half Term to the Summer Recovery!

I trust you all enjoyed the break. The Education news was at best disheartening- so here are some pointers that may be of interest:

  • Recovery plan hatchet job. 

Sir Kevan Collins resigned as the Treasury took an axe to his plans for Recovery. Although not published – from the Suffolk meeting with Sir Alan Wood (his partner in the scheme), the programme was sensitive to the pressures in schools and was seeking to ensure additional hours were paid for- and not just bolted on. They had consulted widely and understood the importance of rebalancing the offer to build provision of the Arts, sport, enrichment activities and to address the well being agenda for students.

Interestingly there was also some research published and in the Guardian just before half term – evidenced from 2,800 schools in England & Wales over the past 5 years, demonstrating that additional classroom time on the school day would have marginal impacts on progress. The reasons cited were the overburdening of staff and students, preventing them from being at their best. This appears to be the only recent research out there- it did identify slightly higher impact from targeted intervention – as you would expect. The study proposed reviewing  the allocation of time during the school day and matching the curriculum to student needs and strengthening meta-cognitive skills and I would suggest this is a great time to reflect upon the overstuffed curriculum! The article attached is a brief summary of the research which you may find useful.

  • Amanda Spielman HMI Chief half term salvo…

To announce in the middle of half term to the media that schools must keep year 11 and 13 in school until the end if time (or was it term!) seemed incredible and out of touch in the extreme. It will be wise to ensure that you log all your in-school and online mechanisms for transition and well being support over the coming weeks.

  • Pointers for Planning 2021/22…apologies for stating the obvious

It is well worth building a recovery subsection or theme into your Development plan/SEF, as Ofsted are likely to be all over this- as the lack of “published data” means they are in slight limbo land- and will be keen to prove their worth. I suspect the £1.4billion recovery money once again recycles/steals money as it did last time- for instance the Year 6 catch -up funding. It would be clever therefore to identify all the intervention programmes that you plan to operate as recovery learning, demonstrating the testing evidence for identification of students, and especially tracking the progress made as a consequence of your interventions.

Have a good summer term- lets hope for lots of rounders and partial sports days in the sunshine!

Nigel Burgoyne
SASH Chief Executive 

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