We respond to yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister regarding a new national lockdown in England, and further school closures.

Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, said:

“No one wanted to see schools close again. While the government had to make hard choices to control the pandemic, the impact on young people – and particularly those from poorer homes – is immense.

“We know much more today about the devastating impact that school closures can have on disadvantaged pupils than we did in March last year. The case for providing additional support to this group is overwhelming.

“As an absolute priority, we have to tackle the digital divide. The government has committed to providing more devices to disadvantaged pupils, but it must go further and ensure that all pupils have the resources they need to continue their learning at home.

“It’s good that the Prime Minister is considering alternatives to exams this year. We must find a solution that is fair for all students, whatever their background.”

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