With many pupils expected to undertake their education at home, researchers have found that the amount of learning is down, with an average of only 2.5 hours each day doing schoolwork.
Teachers told NFER researchers the following pupils were finding it particularly difficult to engage in remote learning, compared to their peers:
- those with limited access to technology and/or study space
- vulnerable children
- those with special educational needs and disabilities
- and young carers.
In a similar research report from University College London’s Institute of Education found pupils across the UK are studying via assignments, worksheets and watching videos. On average children were given two such pieces of homework a day, but the extent of online lessons provision in state schools was minimal: 71 percent of state school children received no or less than one daily online lessons.
Quoted on the BBC, Prof Francis Green, who led the research, said it “painted a gloomy picture of lost schooling and low amounts of schoolwork at home”.
“The closure of schools, and their only-partial re-opening, constitute a potential threat to the educational development of a generation of children.
“Everyone is losing out in this generation, some much more than others.
“Better home schoolwork provision, and better still an early safe return to school for as many as possible, should now become a top priority for the government.”