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A quarter of pupils had no teaching during lockdown

  • Over a quarter – 26% – of parents in the UK agree that their child feels that their long-term university and career prospects have been damaged by COVID-19
  • 25% – around 2.8 million parents – agree that as a result of COVID-19, they have been unable to invest in their child’s education in the form of resources and additional support

Research from the London School of Economics (LSE) has shown that a quarter of students did not receive any teaching when schools shut back in March. Coronavirus impacted education heavily and served to highlight the learning disparities across the UK, with the research showing that private school students received far more schooling during lockdown than those enrolled in state schools; with 74% vs. 38% of pupils receiving lessons at home respectively.

Research from MyTutor (https://www.mytutor.co.uk– the UK’s leading online tutoring platform – takes this a step further, and reveals the more long-term impact on the education and career prospects of students:

  • 26% of UK parents agree that their child feels that their long-term university and career prospects have been damaged by COVID-19
  • 26% agree that since COVID-19, there is a visible decline in their child’s educational progression and they’re now scoring lower
  • 59% agree that since COVID-19, their child has fallen out of a routine with regards to their education and their motivation to work has declined
  • 25% agree that as a result of COVID-19, they have been unable to invest in their child’s education in the form of resources and additional support 

2020 has been a disruptive year for teens’ education, and with 1 in 5 UK schools not fully open even before the half-term break began, filling in learning gaps remains a top priority for teens – and a big challenge. On top of that, after this year’s exam cancellations, parents are encouraging their kids to treat mock exams with the seriousness of their graded summer qualifications to safeguard against exams being cancelled again in the Spring, adding even more academic pressure to this term. To help them catch up and get on track for the academic challenges ahead, MyTutor (https://www.mytutor.co.uk) has launched a series of free group tutoring sessions for GCSE students during this half term. Teens can sign up here for classes in Chemistry, Biology and Maths: https://m.mytutor.co.uk/halfterm-group-tutorial/

For the communities of parents affected financially by the Coronavirus crisis, many unfortunately do not have the resources to invest in their child’s education. As the research from MyTutor shows, 25% of UK parents have been unable to support their child’s learning due to COVID-19. There has never been a more critical time to safeguard the availability of high-calibre education to all pupils. MyTutor wants to make excellent learning experiences available to all, and by offering these free half term courses they’re helping as many teens achieve their academic potential. 

Bertie Hubbard – CEO and co-founder of MyTutor – discusses how EdTech can support students during this difficult time:

“With so many teens having to continue their home learning this term, EdTech is an invaluable solution to help keep their education on track. Online learning platforms can be accessed in a safe and flexible way across the UK, providing an ongoing source of effective educational support. This half term is an opportunity for teens to fill in any learning gaps they’ve developed this year, and with the latest tier 2 measures, using an online solution is the best way to provide covid-proof help across the country.

That’s why MyTutor is launching a series of free live group tutorials over the half term break. For GCSE students in Maths, Chemistry and Biology, teens can join in 5-day courses led by some of our most experienced tutors, whatever their background and wherever they are. These tutorials will give them the chance to catch-up on any lost learning, boost their motivation and get tailored support on any problem topics, and learn with other teens in the same boat as them – all free of charge.”

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