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Disadvantaged children and young people have experienced the greatest loss and inequality during the Covid-19 pandemic and action is vital to support education recovery for all pupils, the TUC Congress will hear today.

The NASUWT – The Teachers Union is calling on the Government to support teachers as they help pupils recover from lost learning by investing in schools and the education workforce to address the educational, development and social impacts of the pandemic on children.

A motion to be debated at the Congress will praise teachers and education workers in how they have responded to the pandemic but warns that significant challenges remain.

NASUWT General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach said:

“This pandemic has further exposed the widening inequalities in our society and the impact of lost learning and lost educational opportunity on young people has been considerable.

“And so often it is children in our most disadvantaged communities who have been the most affected from the disruption to education

“While the education workforce has responded brilliantly in helping children recover the Government has not delivered on the investment needed to deliver education recovery for pupils.

“So far ministers have failed to deliver to deliver for pupils the levels of additional investment needed to support education recovery. And they are failing to invest in keeping those teachers who will be key to supporting the recovery that children and young people deserve.”

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