Back to School after COVID
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The average amount of time that students have spent per day on school work during school closures, according to a report by the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER).
40% of pupils in England are not in regular contact with their teachers (NFER).
According to estimates from the University College London’s Institute of Education, 2,000,000 pupils have done no school work or managed less than an hour per day.
Returning to School
Schools, along with the rest of society, shut their doors back in March to protect the NHS. During this time, while they have been open to provide childcare for key workers, many students have been left with little to no education. Since March, teachers across the country have been working to facilitate learning for students with minimal guidance. Consequently creating a chasm in the standards of education students have received.
The government have provided a pot of £650 million in order for schools to provide catch-up tuition for pupils. This equates to £80 per pupil according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies. While the average rate of a private tutor is £35ph, there are plans to pay catch-up tutors little more than £10ph. Also, worryingly, there are no plans for provision for catch up funding for Early Years or College settings.
While a wonderful gesture, this money that the government is providing will be as effective as a plaster on a bullet wound. Teachers, tutors, parents, and the government, need to learn the lessons of this pandemic, and we need to learn them quickly.
The facilities and learning resources that students have access to is one of the fundamental differences between those who have been engaging with learning and those who have been left behind.
It’s not just about who has access to computers and iPads, either: 31% of private schools provided access to school work offline compared with 22% of state schools.
Access to Learning
Nationwide, 40% of students are not in contact with their teachers on a regular basis, but these conversations between teachers and students are vital – particularly for those who are from more deprived backgrounds.
Student wellbeing needs to be at the forefront of teaching when schools go back and academic pressure ramps up. When schools start again in September, many students will not be used to the early mornings or the full days of teaching. Transitioning back into schools, and the rigours of the academic curriculum, is going to be difficult for many children.
During the pandemic, we have been mindful of these two aspects of teaching, providing students with free reading discussion groups, affordable group tuition, and discounted 1:1 lessons for those impacted by COVID-19.
Many students have preferred the tuition online and will continue to have their lessons via Zoom for the foreseeable future. We are hoping to return to face-to-face tuition, but only when it is feasible and safe to do so.
New for September
We've spent a lot of time over the last few months reworking the tuition space ready for September. We're really excited to be able to welcome students back into the learning environment.