Ofsted annual report: children behind
Posted on 8th December 2021 at 09:48
The last year was a difficult period for children and young people, and a particularly challenging time to be learning. The covid restrictions were difficult for most of us, but children and learners were disproportionately and adversely affected, Ofsted's Annual Report finds
The report finds that nearly all children and learners have been affected by the pandemic's restrictions and its multiple lockdowns and school closures, with long term consequences still unknown. It warns that as we look ahead it is crucial that children are given the opportunities to fulfil their potential.
The report describes how the pandemic resulted in a loss of routine, fewer school resources, increased levels of anxiety and mental health conditions in children and young people and the hampered progress and development in children even leading to a a regression in basic language and social skills.
Despite best efforts of key people involved with children such as parents, teachers and social workers the report has found that the pandemic has meant that "nearly all children fell behind in their education, while some had a worse experience than others".
To help children catch up and reach their potential, the report argues that we must prioritise high quality, structured face-to-face tuition, daily routines that will help maintain children's physical and mental health and those educational improvements that were underway before the pandemic need to continue.
To this end, we know that the Department for Education has implemented a tuition catch-up programme; The National Tutoring Programme for those student who were worse affected by the restrictions. However recent reports have shown that the programme has so far failed in its mission to reach the 524000 students it set out to reach this year. It has been reported that the programme has so far only extended tuition services to about 10% of its target.
With the threat of the new Omicron Covid variant and further school closures we risk seeing more students fall behind academically and suffer mental consequences of the disruption to their routines. Here at Marvellous Minds we are doing whatever we can to help students catch up with their learning and fulfil their potential. With tailored and focused face-to-face tuition tailored entirely to a student's learning needs, we have seen a dramatic increase in ability and confidence in the students we work with.
We appreciate that tuition can be considered an unattainable luxury for many families and it is our mission to reach as many students as possible. We therefore have available scholarship places for students who need it the most. To discuss our tuition options and how we can help give our friendly team a call on 01234 480 949.
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