With youth unemployment rates falling dramatically, employability skills must be at the heart of education in our post-Covid world, says school leader Neil Miller.

As executive head of an alternative provision school and two social, emotional and mental health schools (SEMH), I know from experience that the start of a new academic year brings its challenges. Pupils can take time to settle back into school life after the summer break and routines can take time to be established as well as welcoming many new children and all the issues that come with that.

It has been several months since we had to close our school sites to most pupils, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been a challenging time but the resilience and commitment of our staff, pupils and parents ensured that teaching and learning continued successfully remotely.

We are extremely proud of how our whole community has supported one another and how our pupils coped with the unprecedented lockdown.

We were delighted to welcome back some year groups in early June, as permitted by the Government. The children were fantastic and very happy to be back in the classroom with their friends and teachers.

2020 has been an unprecedented year. Hundreds of thousands of lives across the world have been lost to Covid-19, with the virus exposing stark inequalities in communities globally.

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