As we seem to have easily forgotten the pandemic it is worth reflecting on the aftermath in the education sector. Inevitably, whatever effects were felt these were all exaggerated for families on low income, and the government support set up in the UK (as in many other countries) exacerbates the situation even further. A BBC article claims that, “Our disadvantaged children…have fallen further behind” with the bureaucracy involved “proving “difficult… lengthy and slow”. The incidence of speech and language issues has also multiplied, going from 10% of the trust’s children pre-pandemic to the current 30% of early-years children identified with difficulties, with no more funds to address this. But having a digital device, while reducing some of the impact, did mean that what was taught online was quite different to what would be taught in the classroom. Reshaping the practical part of teaching is one of the biggest challenges going forward.

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