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Should Boris Johnson announce a National Education Emergency?

Should Boris Johnson announce a National Education Emergency?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

The huge gap in attainment between children from better and worse off households was a problem long before all the schools closed and millions of children effectively went without education for a year. The implications of lockdown for the life chances of an entire generation are dire. The existing education system is not set up economically, strategically or logistically to catch up, in the short or the long term. Many say that extending school days, shifting around holidays and expanding tutoring programmes will offer only marginal gains. The Treasury have already scaled back plans put forward by some experts, said to have been costed at over £10bn. So what is to be done? Is it time for a ‘National Education Emergency Strategy’? The cost would no doubt be eye-watering – but so is the cost of doing nothing. What would be the role for schools, parents, businesses, charities, volunteers and the state? What are the priorities, and how quickly could we mobilise?

Join us for a ThinkIn which swiftly follows the Tortoise Education Summit, to “think outside the box” and draw up an ambitious plan for educational transformation.


Matt d’Ancona
Editor and Partner