Teachers fear COVID-19 made pupils less ready for work

80% of teachers feel that pupils are now less ready for the world of work than they were before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a report from education charity Teach First. The study highlights how COVID-19 impacted careers education and the fears of over 3,000 teachers and 500 business HR leaders that pupils are less equipped with the vital skills and opportunities to access employment.

72% of businesses believe that school leavers lack the core skills needed to enter the job market and over half of teachers state that pupils’ views of careers open to them have diminished. The report calls for action in the form of increased funding to address to the widening gap for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, while also asking the DfE to develop a framework for careers education that follows the Gatsby benchmarks.