Closing the Learning Gap


#UKEdChat session 510 – It is a well known and understandable phenomenon that there is a loss of classroom-based knowledge and habits, to a varying degree, over long holidays, hopefully, supplanted by the experiences that travel and discovery of the ‘real world’ offer beyond, rather than the brain-melting effects of successive binge-watching sessions. Whatever the reason, after a long time away from school pupils (and teachers), can feel a little rusty and there is a gap between where they are and where they were or need to be.

One of the largest problems after the longest school holiday brought about by COVID-19, both at the classroom level and nationally, is that pupils will be ‘re-school-ready’ to different degrees. Some pupils will have largely been attending school throughout the pandemic as children of key-workers, while others will have had a full timetable of live video lessons, while yet others will have had minimal direct teaching from teachers.

Assuming that pupils across the UK go back to school en masse with the new academic year in August or September, this represents five or six months away from school, which is a large percentage of the life of a reception child.

In the #UKEdChat discussion on Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 8pm (UK), and during our free UKEdChat After Hours Webinar at 9pm we discussed how schools can assess the gaps in learning, how to tackle the gap so it doesn’t become a ongoing feature of the current cohort of pupils throughout their school careers and beyond, and how schools can better prepare for if remote learning becomes a necessity again.

🔼UKEdChat After Hours Webinar, featuring guests @MattWalby, with @ICTmagic hosting. Watch live for free by clicking here.


  1. How do you address the learning gap after a normal long break from school, and how will this be different after COVID-19?
  2. What gaps do you expect for your subject area or age group, and how can they be remedied?
  3. Is it realistic to accelerate learning to close the gap while also operating is socially-distance conditions within schools?
  4. How do you think socially-distancing within schools will impact the learning gap, and what measures can schools take to improve this?
  5. How will you improve collaboration and cooperation skills after the long break while also socially-distancing?
  6. What do you think will be the key events/activities of the first week back at school for the new academic year?
  7. What support do schools need to attempt to close the learning gap in the new academic year?
  8. How do you intend to be at the top of your game for the new academic year after months of disruption?

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