More than 2.3 million childen have done no schoolwork during lockdown, report reveals

More than 2.3 million children have done almost no schoolwork since lockdown was imposed.

A study by UCL Institute of Education showed one in five pupils received none or little home-schooling.

The report says, “learning losses are much greater than feared”.

And, disadvantaged pupils were falling behind their peers.

The research shows only 11% of youngsters who receive free school meals (FSM) are spending more than four hours a day on school studies.

Also, 20 per cent of children having FSMs had no access to a computer, compared with only 7% for other pupils.

Professor Francis Green, lead author of the study, said: “The closure of schools, and their only partial reopening constitute a potential threat to the educational development of a generation of children.”

 


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.



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