GCSE and poorer pupils hit hardest by lockdown, ImpactEd report

9 February 2021

A new ImpactEd study to understand the impact of lockdown, to which many partner schools contributed, shows large disparities in the effects of lockdown and school closures, with poorer and GCSE pupils most affected. 

Lockdown Lessons summarises ImpactEd's findings from 62,254 pupils aged 6-18 across England over a seven month period: the largest pupil-facing study of its kind in the UK. Throughout the project, they made the data from their platform available to teachers so that they could respond in real time to findings from their own schools, making evidence-informed decisions about learning and wellbeing.

Challenge Partners' Executive Director Dame Sue John, who wrote the foreword to the report, said: "The trends detailed in this report reveal the story of the year as told by pupils. But they will also help teachers and senior leaders in schools make decisions about how to prioritise limited resources over the weeks and months to come... More than this, it is a reminder of how teachers are responding with evidence and humanity to a profoundly different level of change." 

Read the report here

 

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