The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented disruption to schools and learners in England.

There has been significant focus on ‘recovering’ the existing system but there is also an opportunity to ‘build back better’. This research has identified three areas where the pandemic has the potential to open up new conversations about the future of schooling in England. These can be summarised as:

  • a conversation about how our education system can prepare children for life, not just exams
  • a conversation about where and how learning takes place – as well as who is involved in it
  • a conversation about the need to tackle inequalities outside, as well as inside, the classroom.