On 7 December HM Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman launched the Ofsted Annual Report 2020/21.
During the launch event Spielman said: 'In the last year educators showed incredible breadth and flexibility'. But she warned 'Do not continue to overload funtions into education – be sparing with the things we load.' She also described the groups, including prisoners, SEND and FE, which had been impacted particularly badly. But she noted that Covid had affected all children:
'In order to protect older generations, we asked the youngest generation to put their lives and education on hold. As we look forward to the year ahead, we must strive to redress the balance. Every generation gets one chance to enjoy its childhood and fulfil its potential. We must do all we can to make sure this generation is not denied its opportunity.'
The report encourages schools to return to extra-curricular activities - and that these will improve mental health. The report also notes that in colleges and sixth form centres it has been extremely difficult, often impossible to provide practical tuition and experience. We would argue that this is the case for all phases of learning.
Read the full Ofsted Annual Report 2020/21 here