Commenting on a new report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on missed learning during the Covid-19 pandemic for different year groups, Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
"The last term has been unlike any schools have ever faced. Schools leaders have had to effectively reinvent their schools a number of times over. Almost overnight schools have had to find ways to try and provide remote learning opportunities for pupils. Each pupil’s circumstance will have been different. Differing levels of parental support, access to technology and the age of pupils will have all had an impact in terms of how much they have been able to engage in that offer; and let’s not forget that many families have been personally touched by this pandemic.
"The current situation has reinforced what we have always known: however good the technology, it cannot replace the personal impact that a teacher has. As we look to September, it will be those teachers and school leaders who support pupils with their transition back into school. This report reinforces that pupils will be returning to school each having had a very different experience of lockdown. Schools will play a vital role in helping pupils to process these experiences, supporting them to reintegrate into school life and helping them to re-engage with their education."
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