2021 Lockdown and beyond
Research has started to be published about the impact of the Covid pandemic upon children’s education.
The impact of school closures on spring 2021 attainment Mainstream state schools in England
May 2021 Katie Blainey, RS Assessment from Hodder Education Timo Hannay, SchoolDash
This paper analyses attainment among primary pupils in England after the third national lockdown and suspension of most in-person teaching from January to early to mid-March 2021. It uses aggregate results from 150,000 primary school tests from over 700 schools taken in late March 2021 before the Easter holidays, provided by RS Assessment from Hodder Education. These tests include Progress in Reading Assessment (PiRA), Progress in Understanding Mathematics Assessment (PUMA) and Progress in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Assessment (GAPS). This interim paper follows on from the paper published in February 2021, The impact of school closures on autumn 2020 attainment. Key findings, spring 2021:
This was in contrast to our previous findings at the end of the autumn term. Professor Simon Burgess, University of Bristol “The headline finding is very striking: that the year-on-year fall in attainment to spring 2021 is greater than that at the end of autumn term 2020. Whilst some anecdotal evidence suggested that the most recent school closure period had been more successful in terms of learning, these attainment data suggest some caution in accepting that.”
Therefore, Pot Kiln Primary will be addressing gaps in pupil learning in the following ways in 2021/2022 academic year:
Following the most recent school closures, we have readjusted our curriculum into weekly blocks to ensure that children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a subject and catch up on missed learning. The whole school (from Year 1 upwards) completed PURA and PIMA assessments for reading and maths and these have been used to inform teachers of gaps in the learning and areas of weakness. Every child also completed a piece of independent writing which enabled staff to see what individual children need to do in order to move on in their learning. Following these assessments the headteacher met with all teaching staff to identify trends and interventions that will be necessary in order to minimse the impact of this most recent school closure.
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As a school we follow the White Rose Maths Premium scheme of work to teach maths across all year groups.
In light of the Covid pandemic, White Rose have planned each block and fitted in the content that was missed in the prior year as a result of Lockdown.
Before the objective is taught for this year, the one for the child’s prior year group is taught in the form of a ‘Recap Lesson.’ e.g. In Year 4, the (Year 3) recap objective is ‘Adding two 3-digit numbers – not crossing 10 or 100‘ is taught before the Year 4 objective of ‘Adding two 4-digit numbers – no exchanging.’