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For many, Covid-19 is beginning to feel like a thing of the past. However, the impact of the pandemic on young people’s education is very much a thing of the present.

The legacy of school closures and disruption to learning continue to shape the educational experiences and outcomes of our young people. Commissioned by the Department for Education, our latest report takes a detailed look at how schools responded to Covid-19 in the 2021-22 academic year and what they still need from government to support young people’s educational recovery.

Produced in partnership with Ipsos Mori and Sheffield Hallam University, this fascinating report is a culmination of over two years of work. Pulling together surveys, school leader interviews and case studies, the report offers a detailed account of how a wide range of schools (including alternative provisions) experienced great challenges over the pandemic and adapted to them.

While there is much that highlights the hardships schools have faced, there are also bright spots that emphasise the resilience, adaptability and sheer brilliance of teachers and school leaders in England.

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