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ICKLE contributes to Public Accounts Committee inquiry on COVID-19's impact on education - 25/03/2021


ICKLE report included in collection of publications used in evidence by UK parliament

Emerging findings from the ICKLE project have been written up into a report and used in a submission to the UK Parliament Public Accounts Committee inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on education. The UK Parliament website states that the Committee "will question senior officials at the Department for Education on how well it managed its overall response in the first lockdown, including whether it effectively supported schools and pupils in England during this period, whether it managed the move to mainly home-learning effectively and whether it effectively supported vulnerable and disadvantaged children."

This is the first opportunity the ICKLE project has had to contribute to the national conversation around how the pandemic has affected children and families. We have gathered information about how schools were able to support their pupils and families during the lockdown period in spring of 2020. At that time, most children were learning from home, because schools were only open for vulnerable children and children of key workers. We have also learned from parents and carers about what the experience was like for them and their families.

A series of blogs on the website over the course of the next few weeks will outline our preliminary findings.

Our report should be cited as:

Nash, H., Clarke, P., Davies, C., Hart, P., Homer, M., & Mathieson, R. (2021). The Impact of COVID-19 on Key Learning and Education (ICKLE) project. Evidence submitted to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee's COVID-19: Education inquiry.  Available online at