National Dataset Report – The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on primary school children’s learning.
It comes as no surprise that the pandemic has had a negative impact on education. Prolonged spells of time away from the classroom and months of disruption to formal education have caused all manner of turmoil, and with no precedent for facing these exceptional challenges, we are in uncharted territory.
There is now an urgent need to identify which children have suffered most from the effects of Covid-19. Understanding where the greatest learning losses are is key to knowing how to direct resources when the school gates are open for all.
This study from Juniper Education based on data from more than 6,000 schools representing 1.47 million pupils sheds new light on the impact of the crisis by comparing the attainment of primary school children to see how children have fared before and during the pandemic, and reveals which children and subjects are most affected.
Juniper Education – More Child-Time
“Younger pupils have certainly been the most affected from their time away from the classroom. A lot of skills such as how do I learn, listen and collaborate are developed at school. They provide the building blocks which allow for progress in learning. Many children have had fewer opportunities to embed these skills at home. It means, we need to go back to basics with younger year groups to build these skills before we can help them progress.”Frazer WestmorlandHeadteacher, Mundella Primary School, Kent
National Dataset Juniper Analysis Tool
We are now pleased to be able to offer an analysis tool allowing all primary settings to compare their attainment with the Juniper National Dataset. Assessment data was taken from more than 5600 primary schools representing over 1.4 million pupils, and was collected at two datapoints: Autumn 2019 and Autumn 2020.