Schoolwork in lockdown: new evidence on the epidemic of educational poverty

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Research Paper


Francis Green

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The closure of schools, and their only-partial re-opening, constitute a potential threat to the educational development of a generation of children. Since only a few among key workers’ children have been at school during the pandemic, it is important for policy-makers to understand how much mitigating schoolwork has been taking place in homes across the country. This report uses new, high-quality data undertaken one month into lockdown, to try to answer that question, and to examine how much support was being given.


Social Groups, Area Effects, Time Use, Geography, Young People, Education, Child Development, Households, Poverty, Public Policy, Ethnic Groups, Health, Social Stratification and Covid 19