Exam-taking and poorer students hardest hit by Covid in the UK, study finds

A new study shows that exam-taking students and those from disadvantaged families across the UK suffered the most disruption in their education.

The study involved a sample of more than 60,000 students aged between six and 18, who all came from different backgrounds and had different profiles. 

results on exam-taking students

In the study, it was found that students that were about to take their GCSE exams expressed concerns about education disruption. The study also found that nearly a quarter of years 10 and 11 could not find help when faced with homework that needed guidance from their families. 40 percent of students also expressed concerns that they did not have a routine to get help while studying at home.

James Turner, the Chief executive of Sutton Trust, indicated that the research was proof that covid had had a significant impact on the education sector. He continued by adding that the research reinforced what they already knew, that the pandemic had a disproportionate impact on disadvantaged young people. 

On recovery from the pandemic, Turner said that the road ahead would not be easy, and would involve a multifaced to help those who had lost the most during the pandemic.

The study also found that years 10 and 11 expressed the most pessimistic views about education. It also showed that this group was also the most anxious after the summer holidays.

On disparity between poor and privileged backgrounds, the study had fascinating results that showed that although 97 percent of children from disadvantaged backgrounds indicated that they had access to a laptop or a tablet, only two-thirds of them self reported that they were able to use these devices to complete their schoolwork.

In contrast, 99 percent of students who indicated they were from non-disadvantaged backgrounds self reported that four-fifth of them used their devices to complete schoolwork.