Children with special needs hard hit by pandemic learning losses, says Ofsted Chief Amanda Spielman
- Children with special educational needs and disabilities have incurred some of the biggest learning losses from schools closing, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted has said.
- Amanda Spielman also said that the decision to close schools for most pupils between March and September 2020, and again from 5 January until 8 March 2021, had stunted some young children’s language development.
- In an interview with iNews, she said a “very mixed picture” was emerging about the amount of learning children have lost, complicating efforts to provide education catch-up.
- According to Ms Spielman, there were “some children who have done just fine or even have rocketed ahead” due to receiving individual attention at home, but “at the other end” of the spectrum there was a “minority who have done nothing at all and sometimes actually regressed”.
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