Impact of Covid-19 on children and schools – research reports

The Sutton Trust have published their latest “Learning in Lockdown” report (Jan 2021) looking at attendance, the digital divide, experiences of home learning and support at home, and the impact, assessment and the attainment gap.

Impact of school closures on the attainment gap: Rapid Evidence Evaluation from the EEF (June 2020) draws on eleven studies that provided quantitative evidence about the impact of (non-Covid) school closures on attainment gaps. Key findings highlight that school closures are likely to reverse progress made to narrow the gap in the last decade, supporting effective remote learning will mitigate the extent to which the gap widens, and sustained support will be needed to help disadvantaged pupils catch up.

Corona Collections – a report on Suffolk young people’s experiences during COVID-19 and the transition back to education by University of Suffolk

Healthwatch Suffolk published a report in September 2020 that summarise people’s thinking about their mental health during the pandemic, how changes to support had impacted on their wellbeing, worries and concerns, loneliness and also thoughts from all groups about the return to school.

Supporting Online Tuition at Home – briefing for schools An evidence-based guide for schools on maximising the impact of at home tuition provided through National Tutoring Programme, with useful sections on supporting parental engagement with tuition

Ofsted’s “What’s Working Well in Remote Learning” is a look at the support the regulator has seen across schools in recent months with examples of good practice.

EEF Rapid evidence assessment of Distance learning summary examines the existing research for approaches that schools could use, or are already using, to support the learning of pupils while schools are closed due to Covid-19

EEF Support resources for schools and parents Tools for schools to help support home learning and maximise the impact of work set

EEF Covid-19 Support Guide for schools

Making Remote Education Work – Ideas for school leaders based on the first Edurio Covid-19
Impact Review
and actionable lessons for school leaders on how to ensure better outcomes for pupil, parent and staff during disruption in their second report

The Sutton Trust outline the impact of Covid 19 on university access (May 2020)

Impact-Ed’s “Lockdown Lessons” (July 2020) a national research project, in partnership with the University of York and the University of Bristol, to try to ascertain what the true impact of the first lockdown period had on pupils across the country.

Barnado’s “Lessons from Lockdown – Supporting vulnerable children and young people returning to school and to learning” highlights what has been learnt about the impact
of Covid-19 on vulnerable children, young people and their families. It explores what might facilitate their recovery, and promote their development as they return to school.

The Edge Foundation has provided a summary of some of these key reports above to look at the impact of Covid-19 on mainstream schools, further education, higher education as well as the relationship between the crisis and disadvantage and the youth labour market. The Impact of Covid-19 on Education A summary of evidence on the early impacts of lockdown (June 2020)

The EEF has funded NFER to consider the impact of school closures and subsequent support strategies on attainment and socio-emotional wellbeing in Key Stage 1:
Interim Paper 1
key findings highlight the extent of the widening disadvantage gap in Year 2 compared to previous years.

The UCL Covid-19 Social Study publishes weekly real-time reports on their study examining wellbeing, physical and mental health, exercise and social behaviours and compliance

Healthmatch have pulled together a range of resources in their blog post examining the impact of the Pandemic on Mental Health globally.

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