Education Settings: Autumn Opening

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:47 am on 2nd July 2020.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee 11:47 am, 2nd July 2020

I strongly welcome the statement today and the guidance to help schools open fully in September. The plans for children with special educational needs are very good news, as is the £1 billion catch-up fund. We need to get our children learning again. Given that University College London has said that 2 million children during the lockdown have done virtually no school work and that the National Foundation for Educational Research has reported that four in 10 pupils are not in regular contact with their teacher, will the Secretary of State examine why that has occurred and look to Ofsted and local authorities to work closely with schools and set clear guidance on online learning, homework and contact with teachers?