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Learning in a crisis: our contribution to new Bett white paper

The Covid-19 crisis has caused disruption for approximately 1.6 billion learners worldwide and exacerbated existing inequalities in education – but it has also demonstrated the importance of education research in addressing such profound challenges. Across the world, education leaders, policymakers and practitioners have turned to the field of education research to inform high-stakes decisions as they move through the crisis. Throughout this period of uncertainty, Education Development Trust has conducted rapid research to build the evidence base on learning in times of crisis, and our findings have helped to inform a recent white paper by Bett.

The paper, Learning in a crisis: evidence-based recommendations for building a remote learning framework, was published by Bett as a joint endeavour between Bett, Education Development Trust, and ISC Research. It draws together research from ISC Research and Education Development Trust, presenting a rich picture of findings on experiences of the crisis – and responses to it – from a diverse range of contexts. In doing so, it highlights four key priority areas for policymakers to consider to ensure high quality and holistic education continuity for all learners: inclusivity, teacher presence, staff and student wellbeing, and sharing good practice and challenges.

The pandemic has clearly amplified the need for education leaders and practitioners to draw on existing research and evidence to help ensure the best possible outcomes for learners amid ongoing disruption, especially where we may face further change and uncertainty moving forwards. We are therefore delighted that our rapid turnaround research during the crisis has been able to contribute further to the evidence base and advice for decision-makers in this way, to best ensure education can continue for all.

To access the paper in full, please click here.