COVID-19 Lockdown: The impact on education

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by Dr Darren Moore, University of Exeter and Prof Neil Humphrey, University of Manchester Research on ‘summer learning loss’ shows a marked reduction in attainment following sustained periods of absence.1  During lockdown, schools worked quickly to make learning available remotely for the majority of pupils, but access has proven to be challenging and engagement is […]

Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The impact of the pandemic, lockdown and school closures on adolescent social development

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Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge   Most children and young people have missed at least 10 weeks of face-to-face schooling, and many students (especially teenagers) are still unable to return to their classrooms. This has created vast inequalities in education, with a large number of […]

Prof Uta Frith: What can science say about the consequences for society of children missing out on schooling for 6 months?

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Professor Uta Frith DBE FRS FBA FmedSci Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London   As this has never happened before we have to draw on evidence from a time when school education was not compulsory. The simple facts are that free universal education provided such obvious benefits, for health, for social equality and […]