National Dataset Report – March 2022

One of the largest reports into the impact of the disruption caused by the pandemic on primary school children.

National Dataset ReportThe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on primary school children’s learning.

Two years since schools closed to most pupils, younger children’s learning is showing no sign of recovery, according to one of the largest reports into the impact of the pandemic on primary school children, released on the 15th March 2022.

The Juniper Education National Dataset Report examines teacher assessment data from over 500,000 pupils representing more than 6,000 primary schools.

It looks at the percentage of pupils achieving, or exceeding, what is expected for their age (age-related expectations) for all pupils who were in primary school at the start of the pandemic – the current Years 3 through to 6. The data compares their attainment in reading, writing and maths with pre-pandemic levels.

View the original report.

“This report provides a strong evidence base from which schools can direct their strategy and resources to support the pupils in greatest need, and help them make the most of the years ahead.”
Frazer Westmorland
Headteacher, Mundella Primary School, Kent
“While the report brings sobering news, there are glimmers of hope that older children are already taking the first steps towards recovery in their attainment.”
Stephan Nicholls
Report Author and Education Consultant for Juniper Education

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