The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services

22 May 2020

We've submitted our recommendations to the Education Committee's inquiry which will examine both short term and longer-term implications particularly for the most vulnerable children.

We have focused our response on the call for evidence on the following three topics:

  • The support for pupils and families during closures, including children’s and young people’s mental health and safety outside of the structure and oversight of in-person education 

  • The effect on disadvantaged groups, including the Department’s approach to free school meals and the long-term impact on the most vulnerable groups 

  • What contingency planning can be done to ensure the resilience of the sector in case of any future national emergency 

Read the full submission here.

In other news ...

Webinar: Return to School: Catering for Children in a Crisis this Friday!

20 May 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar at 11am this Friday 22nd May to hear imaginative ideas on how best to cater for pupils when returning to school.

Let's continue to support children through the school holidays

6 May 2020

We continue on our quest to keep DfE informed about the support families need during school closures. With Children's Food Campaign, we've written to Gavin Williamson to ask for help for families during the school holidays.

New data on how families are faring during school closures

4 May 2020

The Food Foundation has published the results of its third poll since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.