Scale of regional learning loss is revealed in England
Data released by the Department of Education (DoE) has provided a regional overview of how the pandemic has affected pupils’ education.
The disruption to education caused by COVID-19 was almost five times higher in some parts of the country than others during the last academic year.
Primary school pupils in the East Midlands suffered the most severe learning loss in maths while students in the South West, South East and London were least affected.
This was due to over five months of lost learning during the lockdowns as schools were forced to move into remote lessons.
In literacy, secondary schools in Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands and the North West experienced the greatest learning losses.
The figures show that the pandemic affected pupils in different way and widened the attainment gap between regions. Some pupils in certain regions did not have equal access to technology to maintain learning during the pandemic.