Pupil learning loss – new research

New research analysing learning loss experienced by primary and secondary pupils in England was published by the Department for Education (DfE) last week.

The research, carried out by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Renaissance Learning, explores the impact of the pandemic on attainment at both national and regional levels and is comprised of two reports, covering learning loss during the autumn term (2020) and the spring term (2021).

Key findings highlighted learning losses of 3.7 months in maths and 1.8 in reading for pupils in primary school by October 2020, briefly recovering by December and then regressing to similar levels by March 2021. The reports also found that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds were disproportionately affected by the pandemic as well as disparities in learning losses at a regional level.