The Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant effect on education. This research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and NFER, aims to identify the impact on pupils, teachers and schools in England, both immediately and in the longer term.
On 10 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced the phased return of some children to school in June. However, senior leaders had concerns about opening their schools to more pupils. They predicted that almost half of families would intially keep their children at home.Read more
During the lockdown period, schools continued to support their pupils to learn remotely. Teachers were in contact with six out of ten pupils, but only four in ten had returned their last piece of set work. Teachers were particularly concerned about pupils who lacked access to IT and/or space to study at home.Read more
Many schools continued to provide on-site education for vulnerable pupils and the children of keyworkers, plus welfare support. However, the level of attendance was low and schools were finding it challenging to get vulnerable pupils to engage with them.Read more
The majority of senior leaders and teachers were finding their working hours during lockdown at least somewhat manageable, though a notable minority were not. Both groups had higher levels of job satisfaction if they had greater control of their work.Read more