Preventing a Lost Generation: Supporting Education and Skills Development | IPT
Chair: Kate Green OBE MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education
Speaker: Patrick Craven, Director of Policy, Research and Compliance, City and Guilds
Speaker: Angela Donkin, Chief Social Scientist, NFER
Speaker: Dr James Shuttleworth, Programme Director, Institute of Coding, Coventry University
Virtual Event


Tuesday 01 June 2021


This is an online event

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COVID-19 has had a profound impact on education across all age groups, with remote learning, assessments cancelled, and settings closed. A NFER survey found that teachers believe an estimated 44% of pupils required intensive catch-up support. Remote learning has been a challenge, particularly impacting disadvantaged pupils and school areas. More than 1m school aged children lack the resources needed, creating a digital divide. Research by the Sutton Trust found that 34% of parents with children aged 5-16 reported their child does not have access to their own computer, laptop or tablet to access the internet. Pupils with limited access to IT or study space are therefore 81% less likely to engage in remote learning. Meanwhile, 2.2 million learners aged 14 or older attend further education colleges, with many courses in these settings unable to be transferred to a digital format. The Association of Colleges reported that more young people will need college places due to high unemployment and many of these will need support to catch up learning. In addition, 17% of prospective UK university students stated they didn’t wish to enrol in September 2020, costing the sector £763m in lost fees and teaching grants. Moreover, a poll by Prospectus found that 28% of final year students had their job offers rescinded or put-on hold. Many pupils face the prospect of leaving education lacking in skills that will secure them jobs. With the Government committing to a major expansion of post-18 education and training, how can we ensure all ages have access to catch up support and training to avoid a widening skills gap and stagnation?

This event will:

  • Consider how to implement long-term policies to assist ‘catch-up’ and ensure pupils have received a good foundational education by 16, including improving digital skills amongst teaching staff
  • Discuss how to close the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils and regions to avoid the risk of ‘skills deserts’
  • Explore whether the existing curriculum and educational offers are building employable skills.