Highlights of week ending 28 May 2021

In its report looking the support for children’s education in the dace of the pandemic, the Public Accounts Committee said that the Department for Education had ‘no plan’ for the challenges of COVID-19, despite being involved in a 2016 cross-government pandemic exercise. When closing schools in 2020, the DfE ‘set no standards for in-school or remote learning’. Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said that the pandemic ‘has further exposed the ugly truth about the children living in poverty and disadvantage’.