Sensemaker Live: Back to school – should everyone take an extra year?


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Vaccination is working. Cases and death numbers are falling. Reopening schools may make them fall slower, but the government seems determined to prioritise education over reopening the economy. In which case why not follow through by redoing the academic year so that the children whose life chances would otherwise be damaged the most by the pandemic have a proper fresh start?


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EDITOR and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

Rachael Warwick
Executive Headteacher of Ridgeway Education Trust (RET), former President of the Association of School and College Leaders (2020-2021)

Sammy Wright
Commissioner on Schools and HE on the Social Mobility Commission and Vice Principal of Southmoor Academy, Sunderland

Dr Kathryn Woods-Townsend
LifeLab Programme Manager within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton