Commenting on a report released today (Mon 4 Apr) by Ofsted into pupils' recovery from pandemic learning loss, James Bowen, director of policy for school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“It is no surprise that the pandemic has had a major impact on some children. We know that repeated lockdowns have meant that most younger children have had reduced social interaction and, it is perhaps unsurprising that this has affected their emotional development, social and speech and language skills.
“We’re pleased Ofsted’s report notes that schools are effectively helping children to catch-up on these lost skills. Schools work incredibly hard to give pupils the extra support they need but they cannot do it alone – the government must also invest in early years services for disadvantaged families, as well as vital services like speech and language therapy, so that those children who need specialist support receive it as early as possible.”
First published 04 April 2022