The Institute for Fiscal Studies has released a report highlighting the negative impact school closures are having, particularly on poorer pupils.
The study highlights several key findings including:
With the row regarding the reopening of schools on June 1st deepening, the report suggests that whatever strategy the government now pursues, risks inequalities increasing still further.
Whilst fewer than half of parents say they would send their child back to school if they had the choice, higher-income parents report being more willing for their child to return risking a situation where the children struggling the most to cope with home learning remain at home while their better-off classmates are back in the classroom.
See the full report here