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.