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Home Education Response to COVID-19 Keeping schools closed in England will widen inequalities – study

Keeping schools closed in England will widen inequalities – study

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Keeping schools closed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic is almost certain to increase educational inequalities between children from the richest and poorest families, according to a study, as debate intensifies over the government’s push to reopen schools in England.

Survey data from more than 4,000 families in England analysed by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that by the end of this month, children in better-off families will have received a week and half more home learning than children in the poorest households during the closures.

The government is pressing for primary schools in England to reopen for some year groups from 1 June. The Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, said on Sunday: “The clear scientific and clinical advice is that it is safe to have schools reopen, accompanied with social distancing.”

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Keeping schools closed in England will widen inequalities – study