Learning at Home
Experts say attainment gap will widen without extra help
The Commission on School Reform, the independent education group set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, has proposed an urgent effort to recruit an army of online tutors to help school pupils during the Coronavirus school shutdown.
In a new paper – Learning at Home – the Commission, chaired by former Director of Education Keir Bloomer, says the national education agency Education Scotland has the capacity and experience to put such a programme together quickly.
The Commission, whose members include teachers and educationalists, warns that the current extended period of absence from school will widen the attainment gap unless action is taken. Existing research evidence makes it clear that extended absences, such as summer holidays, disproportionately hamper the learning of disadvantaged children.