Resilience and Recovery White Paper

The next steps for primary schools in the pandemic response.

Since the earliest days of the COVID-19 crisis, primary school leaders have found ways to keep their pupils safe, engaged and learning while also supporting staff through incredibly difficult times. Everyone from pupils and their families to staff and school leaders have felt the impact of the pandemic in one form or another, whether it be health worries, loneliness, financial concerns or simply the experience of living with so much uncertainty.

In our 2020 report Making the Impossible Possible, we explored the plans primary schools were putting in place to deliver a good quality education against all the odds.

Times are still turbulent, and it remains extremely challenging for schools to adapt to each new phase of the pandemic.

In this paper, we follow up these schools’ teaching experiences during a pandemic, based on new interviews with the school leaders who contributed to the original report. We explore how these primary schools have put their recovery strategies into practice and set out some key approaches schools can take to prepare for whatever the future holds.

Next Steps

This year’s National Dataset Report shows the damage the last two years of turmoil have had on pupils, but schools are doing incredible things to support pupils and families both in and out of school.

"Our schools focused on pre-school practice with reception children, and reception practice with Year 1 children while still preparing them with the age-related learning for their year group. As a result children settled into school much more quickly."
Vine schools trust
Emma Wigmore
CEO, Vine Schools Trust

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Juniper National Dataset Report 2022

Juniper National Dataset Report 2022: Key Findings and Next Steps

In this webinar we will be giving an overview of the latest Juniper National Dataset report and our expert panellists will be examining the key findings.

We will also be discussing practical ways for raising attainment in specific areas of concern and considering what potential challenges are still to come for primary school staff and their pupils.

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