Whether you look at primary schools, secondary schools, universities or tuition providers like us at Phi, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on education and will continue to have. What is undeniable is the fact that it has changed education completely and left a significant mark on the way that education is provided.
The Rise of Technology
Pre COVID, nearly a third of pupils did not have computer access or fast internet, making it impossible for them to join in with online learning and maintain their attendance. Whilst many headlines proudly explained that these children were going to receive devices and internet access from the Department for Education (DfE), the rollout was not as effective as teachers and families had hoped.
However, schools pressed on with online learning – from lessons via conference calls, work accessed from digital platforms and catch up and drop-in sessions offered, many pupils were able to access education in some form, including via online tuition services that provided top-up sessions to keep the learning going.
The Impact on Attendance
When considering the biggest problems for education during the pandemic, attendance would be an obvious answer. More pupils than ever before were missing large chunks of education, and without the threat of attendance action being taken, many pupils took their time off as an extended holiday.
The issues with poor attendance have created a large gap in students’ knowledge, leaving them at a disadvantage to their peers and requiring schools to come up with innovative ways to help them to recover lost learning time.
Focus on Social Distancing
Social distancing has also had a huge impact on education, with schools needing to ensure that pupils follow handwashing rules, wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and have specific timetables to ensure that they do not come into contact with pupils from other bubbles.
The issue with this is a reduced ability to socialise with a broad range of peers but also a logistical nightmare for schools to manage on top of having to be concerned about how to plug gaps in learning and ensure excellent attendance.
Gaps in Education
The news has been plastered with concerns about how students will be able to catch up on essential learning time that was missed during school lockdowns, with the Government solution being to offer the National Tutoring Programme – a £1.4 billion investment.
The good news is that the UK government have noted that an effective tuition programme can boost learning by up to five months, offering a robust solution to gaps in education. Here at Phi, we have been working hard with all of our students to ensure that the ongoing impact of COVID-19 will not negatively affect our students’ prospects or university aspirations.
What Happens Next?
If you are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your child and want to engage with a tuition service that can help, then we would love to hear from you. At Phi, we work hard to ensure success for all our tutees and can schedule sessions to fit in with your child’s commitments.
Get in touch today to find out more about the Phi experience and give your child the best chance of success!