Commenting on a report released ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review, in which the Education Policy Institute (EPI) warns of the potential harms if Government continues to underfund education recovery, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

"The Government is still trying to do education recovery on the cheap. The EPI now estimates £13.5bn is needed over three years. The Government’s own Recovery Tsar Sir Kevan Collins proposed a package of £15bn and resigned when this was not accepted. 

"The scale of learning lost in the pandemic cannot be overcome by some short term, piecemeal measures such as catch-ups. Recovery will require years of work and investment. It is for the Government to meet that funding challenge in the Comprehensive Spending Review to make sure no child is left behind." 

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2021-171-NEU