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New report on pupil learning loss from the pandemic published by the Department for Education

28 March 2022 Share

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a new report on the extent of pandemic learning loss among pupils in England during the first half of the recent autumn term (2021/2022).

  • New research from Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance for the DfE finds that learning losses for primary pupils in the 2021/2022 autumn term had shown signs of recovery since the 2020/2021 summer term.
  • But for pupils in secondary schools, in reading, there have been further losses amongst pupils since the summer.
  • Learning losses for disadvantaged pupils remain greater than their non-disadvantaged peers. Between the summer and autumn terms, the gap in progress between disadvantaged pupils and their peers widened in primary and secondary reading, but narrowed in primary maths.
  • Large regional disparities in learning losses persist, with pupils in parts of the north of England and the Midlands seeing greater losses than those living in other regions. 

The study, which provides new evidence on the impact on pupil attainment after over 18 months of pandemic disruption to education, was carried out by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance for the Department. The analysis from EPI researchers examines the extent of pandemic learning losses and recovery at both a national and regional level, in primary (years 4-6) and secondary schools (years 7-9), and among pupils from different socio-economic backgrounds.  

The data analysis considers how many months of learning pupils are behind following the pandemic, compared to a typical, pre-pandemic school year.  The new findings have been published today by the Department for Education, with the full tables summarising pupil progress on p.11 of the report. 

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