NSN Director Unity Howard responds to a report published by the Centre for Economic Performance, outlining that private school pupils were nearly twice as likely as state school pupils to be taught a full timetable during lockdown.
"The LSE-CEP Social Mobility Survey findings, outlined in last night’s BBC Panorama special, are deeply concerning. Less than 38% of state school pupils benefited from full schooling during lockdown, in comparison to 74% of private school pupils.
"We know that many free schools were able to adapt online learning platforms quickly. Some schools like King's Leadership Academy Warrington ensured full schooling for pupils throughout school closures. However, research highlighting the damning implications of school closures on educational inequality is becoming all too common.
"It is absolutely essential that the Government focuses investment to redress the disparities that have been exacerbated, the consequences of which will plague the COVID generation for years to come. A new wave of free schools, targeted in the areas most impacted must be part of this, ensuring all children, regardless of background, can fulfil their potential."