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New research commissioned by the EEF to understand the impact of Covid 19 school and nursery closures

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has announced 3 new research studies designed to help better understand the impact of strategies put in place by schools to support students during the Covid closures

The EEF has previously published a rapid evidence assessment suggesting that the closures had reversed 10 years of progress in closing the disadvantage gap however the new studies are intended to boost the evidence base for this which remains limited.

The three projects are intended to:

  • Provide the earliest robust estimate of the change in the disadvantage gap pre- and post-lockdown, whilst analysing strategies associated with mitigating a widening gap, focused on pupils in Years 2 to 6 in 145 primary schools. See more here.
  • Assess the extent to which Key Stage 1 pupils’ attainment in reading and maths has been impacted by school closures, and particularly the effect on disadvantaged pupils. See more here.
  • Assess the impact of lockdown on the school readiness of new Reception children across England and their educational attainment and socio-emotional wellbeing over their first year of education. See more here.