The Sutton Trust have published the first in a series of in-depth briefings looking at the impact of the pandemic on social mobility. The closure of schools due to the COVID-19 has caused unprecedented challenges for everyone involved, from the students themselves, to their teachers and their parents.
Before the current crisis, there was already a sizeable attainment gap between the poorest and richest children, with those from disadvantaged backgrounds already twice as likely to leave formal education without GCSEs in English and maths compared to their better- off classmates.
The report looks at the provision so far put in place by schools, the support and resources pupils have access to at home, and the impact this has had on the schoolwork pupils have completed during lockdown. The brief finishes by looking at possible mitigation strategies open to schools and the government, to try to reduce any impact on the already wide attainment gap between the richest and poorest pupils, and to protect the prospects for long-term social mobility.