Finding Covid’s lost children: how do we bring them back?

When schools reopened in September, teachers and local authorities found themselves worrying about children who have dropped off the radar. Some did not return, some were designated as home-schooling. Where are these children? Are they getting the education they need? Without teachers to keep an eye on vulnerable pupils, what hidden harms might we be missing? At Tortoise, we’re investigating how many children in the UK have fallen out of the education system. How worried should we be? And what can we do to bring them back?


Ceri Thomas

Marva Rollins OBE
Former Headteacher and School Improvement Advisor

Richard Watts
Leader of Islington London Borough Council

Anne Longfield OBE
Children Commissioner for England

Sir Dan Moynihan
Chief Executive of the Harris Federation of schools