Struggling school pupils fell even further behind during lockdown, watchdog says

STRUGGLING pupils fell further behind classmates during lockdown, a watchdog will reveal this week.

Under-privileged or vulnerable kids suffered the double set-back of family anxiety and lack of one-to-one tuition.

Ofsted inspectors found online lessons did not work for many because they had no high-speed internet or found it difficult to engage fully with teachers.

Chief schools inspector Amanda Spielman says in her report: “None of us should be seduced by the idea that remote education can match the classroom.

"It is a lot better than doing nothing but for most children it can’t match it."

While schools were open for vulnerable youngsters during the first lockdown, attendance for special needs children was low.

Losing the extra support provided by regular classes and the absence of a teacher meant many of them fell behind, the report will say.

It adds that the chance to identify those kids needing extra help was lost.

And they also suffered from missing out-of-school activities, an important part of learning and development.

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