Julie Nelson and Caroline Sharp
09 July 2020
This report summarises the findings from the Wave 1 surveys of publicly-funded mainstream schools in England. This research reinforces concerns about the limited engagement of pupils with remote learning during the ‘lockdown’ period and the potential damage to their education.
- Schools have gone to considerable lengths to support pupils but they have experienced a number of constraints including reduced teaching capacity and limited IT access for both pupils and teachers.
- A minority of schools were using interactive teaching and learning approaches, which were associated with higher levels of pupil engagement.
- Schools with the highest proportions of disadvantaged pupils had the lowest levels of pupil engagement. This highlights the need to target support at the most deprived schools.
- Teachers were particularly concerned about the education and welfare of their vulnerable pupils, and reported a lack of support from other agencies.
- Teachers’ and leaders’ work satisfaction was related to their sense of control.
- School leaders were facing considerable challenges in opening their schools more fully during the summer term, while ensuring social distancing.
- Government, local authorities and trusts need to ensure that schools have sufficient resources and that new directives are sensitive to the pressures facing schools.