Appointment of a new Education Recovery Commissioner – Friday 5 February 2021

This week I report on the government’s appointment of an Education Recovery Commissioner to deliver measures that will support children who have missed out on face-to-face education due to extended school closures, two new careers related learning webinars for governors and the delay for submission of the SFVS to May 2021.

Appointment of an Education Recovery Commissioner
On Wednesday, the appointment of Sir Kevan Collins was announced as the government’s Education Recovery Commissioner, to oversee a comprehensive programme of catch-up aimed at young people who have lost out on learning due to the pandemic. Sir Kevan has worked in the sector for over 30 years as a teacher, a Director of Children’s Services and most recently as Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation.

In his new role he will work with government to deliver measures that will support children who have missed out on face-to-face education due to extended school closures. This will include addressing factors such as curriculum content and quantity of teaching time in the coming months, to ensure the impact the pandemic has had on learning is addressed as quickly and comprehensively as possible.

Governors for Schools free webinars
In conjunction with the Careers and Enterprise Company two free webinars are taking place as follows:

  • Career-related learning in primary settings on Tuesday 9 February from 12:30 to 1:30 pm: career-related learning in primary schools is not about pupils identifying their future job but about a broadening of horizons, raising of aspirations and a challenging of stereotypes and limiting self-beliefs at an early age. This seminar explores what this could look like in your school and what resources there are to help.
  • Career-related learning in secondary settings on Tuesday 16 February 2021 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm: with careers prominent in the new Skills for Jobs White Paper, what are your responsibilities? How can you be sure of the quality of content and delivery in your setting? How can you engage with partners to support you? What questions should you be asking the leadership team? What is a Careers Link Governor and why is this role vital?

To register for either of these sessions please use this link.

Delay for submission of the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS)
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the DfE has decided that the SFVS return should be delayed this year. This is to take account of the current pressures schools and local authorities are facing.

For the financial year 2020 to 2021, schools should submit their SFVS to their local authority no later than 28 May 2021 and Local authorities should submit their assurance statement to the DfE within 6 weeks, no later than 9 July 2021.