Covid Class of 2020, and Beyond: Supporting Sussex Learners and Potential Learners

Commissioned by SLN from the Institute for Employment Studies, this research was carried out to examine the potential for a collaborative pan-Sussex approach to support local people to continue their education and training during the pandemic.

The study offers insights into the impact of Covid-19 on the local economy and labour market, and on learners/potential learners’ risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET). Through analysis of labour market and education data, as well as interviews with education/training providers and local stakeholders, the report also looks at Covid-19’s effect on the education sector and at the sector’s current and future responses on careers advice, employability and provision. 

The Covid Class of 2020, and Beyond report informed a roundtable discussion with educational partners from around the region. As a result of that meeting, an advisory committee has been set up to challenge policymakers to improve funding, and to develop flexible provision and coherent careers, study and financial support for all Sussex residents. The group will also advocate for local people affected by the pandemic who will need additional opportunities and support to secure their futures.

Further reading

Best Evidence on Impact of School Closures on the Attainment Gap

Remote Learning: the Digital Divide

Learning in Lockdown

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