Lockdown 2.0: Engagement with remote education is up but significant poverty gaps remain

Only one in four working class pupils are undertaking at least five hours a day of learning during the current national Covid-19 lockdown, research has found.

Meanwhile, a third of families on the lowest incomes are still reporting that their children do not have access to sufficient devices to access remote education.

A study from the Sutton Trust reveals that while many more pupils are hitting the five hour mark when compared to the first national lockdown last year, a notable poverty gap remains.

This includes on-going problems with the digital divide and access to devices for the poorest pupils.

The research is based on polling by Teacher Tapp of almost 6,500 teachers as well as research involving almost 900 parents by YouGov.

It shows that almost a quarter (23 per cent) of primary pupils are now doing more than five hours of learning a day, up from one in 10 (11 per cent) at the end of March. For secondary students, this figure has increased from 19 per cent to 45 per cent.

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