A new report shows that two out of five students do not meet the government’s minimum guidelines for homework time when schools were closed earlier this year.
As students return to school this month, there can be challenges as a quarter of parents believe it will take at least a year for their child to recover from the missing education.
Researchers say policies to catch poorer students will need to be put in place to stop “educational inequalities that have become so widespread” during the corona virus epidemic.
He added that limited support and unequal provision to isolate students during the autumn 2020 period – when schools were open but affected – also worked against efforts to address lost learning.
Overall, inequality in home learning experiences in England improved during epidemics, according to an IFS report funded by the Nefield Foundation.
Poor families were more likely to have access to online classes and home technology from their schools during the second period of school closure than under the first lockdown.
However, a total of about 40% of children do not meet the government’s expected minimum daily allowance, which is spent on remote learning in the second period of school closure.
This is according to a report that looked at survey data collected between March 2020 and March 2021.
After a year of cowardly disruption to education, 25% of parents believe their child will spend at least one academic year retrieving wasted learning and 7% believe their child will never Will catch
Although the majority of parents supported tuition to help their children, poor families were less likely to accept the offer of a catch-up session.
In one-fifth of poor families, 36% of students were offered tuition by March 2021, but about a third of them chose not to.
Meanwhile, a similar section of the wealthiest households was offered tuition, but only one in seven rejected the offer.
The report shows that during the autumn period – when schools were open – poor students spent more time isolating themselves and had less access to school facilities.
Among the fifth richest families, 43% of secondary school students had access to online classes while isolating themselves.
Meanwhile, only 35% of secondary school students in the most disadvantaged households had access to online lessons.
Adam Salisbury, IFS research economist and author of the report, said: “Thanks to the efforts of teachers, schools, families and policy makers, the second round of distance learning was much better than the first.
“But despite this welcome improvement, many children still have difficulty learning at home. Four out of 10 students do not meet the government’s minimum guidelines for learning time during the second period of school closure.”
“As far as children’s education is concerned, it is not surprising that a quarter of parents think that their child should be able to recover the education lost during epidemic diseases in a year or so. Will need more than. “
Angus Femster, an IFS research economist and author of the report, added: “Catch-up policies need to be carefully designed so that poor students have a chance to tarnish their educational inequality if they have the opportunity.” Diseases have become very widespread.
In June, the Department for Education (DfE) announced additional funding of 4 1.4 billion, already 1. 1.7 billion for catch-up programs, the first of its kind in the UK to help students with lost learning. Was promised.
The program involved 15 billion children to support 15-hour tuition courses.
A DFE spokesman said: “The government has worked swiftly to minimize the impact on children’s education and well-being and to provide face-to-face education to students.
“To ensure that students can study at home, we provided more than 1.3 million laptops and tablets to underprivileged students, funded the Oak National Academy to provide video lessons, and remote Set clear expectations for educational quality, including minimum number of hours per day.
“We have also committed to an ambitious, long-term educational rehabilitation project, invested over billion 3 billion and significantly expanded our tuition program to provide education to children and young people lost during epidemics. To help compensate. “