The Impact of School Closures on Students

School closures, the attainment gap, and what it means for you

Last November, Ofsted published its report about the impact of the Covid crisis on learning, highlighting the detrimental consequences of school closures and distance learning on student learning. With learning environments consisting of dining room tables, laptops on beds, and zoom calls, it came as no surprise that students had lost key skills associated with reading comprehension and writing proficiency. One study that surveyed 11,000 students also found that only 34% of students felt motivated to learn remotely.

Even though teachers report working 60-65% more hours to mitigate these negative effects and keep up with the demands of distance learning, a brand new report by the Education Endowment Foundation suggests that the negative impact of school closures may be far worse than what we initially thought.

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