Sutton Trust report states that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts those from lower socio-economic backgrounds

The Sutton Trust has released a report: “Lost Learning, Lost Earnings,” which details the negative impact COVID-19 has on learning and future opportunities for those from a low socio-economic background.

Unity Howard, Director of New Schools Network, said:

“These are worrying findings from the Sutton Trust. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds have already suffered most from school closure, and we should all be concerned the evidence suggests they will continue suffering more than their peers in relation to COVID-19 related school closure.

“Regrettably, this is not the first time we have seen a report like this. As we begin to grapple with the long-term effects of the pandemic, we must ensure that every child, no matter their background, has a good school place which gives them the best opportunities in life. That is why is so crucial the Government commits to funding more free school waves, so the benefits the programme has had for disadvantaged children can benefit many more communities. 

“The report also highlights that the same group will suffer a loss in earnings in later life, particularly for those that do not go to university. With this in mind, I welcome the announcement earlier this week that further assistance for young adults to train and go into meaningful employment will become available. It is greatly needed - but must not be a distraction from the growing disparities for many children earlier in their education journey."
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