Research estimating lockdown learning loss, published during the crisis, paints a grim picture of widening attainment gaps and long-term effects.
But how robust are the findings? There are reasons to treat with care the reports put into the public domain so far.
1. Much of the research remains speculative
Covid-19 and the school shutdowns it has led to are unprecedented. There are no easy examples to fall back on in order to know for sure what will happen next.
We do know that there are sharp disparities in children’s experience of lockdown learning. Those stemming from household poverty have rightly raised the most concern.
Children cooped up in a small space with inadequate access to a quiet place to study, no access to technology to support learning online, and insufficient room to play, will have had a very different experience…