NFER statement: Carole Willis' response to the PAC report


Wednesday 26 May 2021

Commenting on today’s House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s report, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) chief executive, Carole Willis, said:

“NFER’s early research into the impact of Covid-19 on education showed that, despite the introduction of remote education, teachers estimated that their pupils missed significant learning. NFER’s more recent studies have demonstrated that for year two pupils, the scale of that missed learning is an average of two months progress, whilst the disadvantage gap in reading and maths is at seven months.

“We will continue our rigorous research into the impact of Covid-19 on education and the impact of potential measures to enable children to recover. This will assist decision-makers in developing policy to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people who have been affected by the pandemic.

“The government has recognised the importance of supporting education following such a major period of disruption and their actions going forward will need to match the scale of the need.”



NFER submitted evidence to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inquiry into the impact of Covid 19 on education. Read the evidence here.