• Back to school Post Covid-19: Rebuilding a better future for all children

      Lalli, Gurpinder; Defeyter, Greta; Shinwell, Jackie; von Hippel, Paul; Henderson, Emily; Brownlee, Iain; Pepper, Gillian; Stretesky, Paul; Long, Michael; McKenna, Jim; et al. (Education Committee, UK Parliament, 2020-06-10)
      This paper provides a summary of the key academic papers for the following areas: learning loss and academic attainment; EdTech interventions and home schooling; physical activity, food insecurity and obesity; and mental health and wellbeing. For each area, the findings from peer-reviewed academic papers are summarised and discussed in terms of relevance to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The latter half of the paper provides, for each area, a range of research informed short-, mid- and long-term school based strategies, policies and interventions to advise the UK government for pupils returning to school. The early adoption of these proposals will support teachers, parents and children and provide positive messaging to pupils and hence, increase public confidence. Finally, the authors appeal to the concept of human capital, and discuss how schools provide an excellent platform to narrow mid-to-long term health and educational inequalities. The suggestions in this paper converge with action at the international level; with many key agencies (UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank and World Food Programme) making the case for the key role of school food in supporting the back to school movement.