In March 2020, the outbreak of Covid-19 across England led to the closure of schools to nearly all pupils. This was an unprecedented event in peacetime Britain. This briefing covers:
- What happened in the period March – July 2020, a period when over 575m days of schooling were lost across England.
- What has happened since schools returned in September 2020. Including:
- How many children are now attending school
- How many children are being sent home due to Covid
- What we still do not know, and the children we’re concerned about. Including a rise in ‘unexplained absence’, not related to Covid
- What children have told us about the return to school. A Children’s Commissioner survey of 1,500 children on their return to school found:
- 71% of children agreed that they were excited to be back at school
- 93% said they were happy to see their schoolfriends again.
- 63% were worried about not being able to go to school under another lockdown.