Press Release: September 24, 2020
In April of this year, a review conducted by University College London concluded that the evidence to support the closure of schools at the start of the lockdown was “very weak” and that the decision to keep schools open would have had a relatively small impact on the spread of the virus. More importantly, however, the research team at UCL stated that there would be great social and economic consequences, especially for the most vulnerable children across the UK.
Fast forward to the beginning of this month, many students across England are headed back to school after five months of restricted home learning. However, since the return of teachers and pupils, it hasn’t been plain sailing for all - with reports of pupils off in four out of five schools as they await NHS covid testing and many students now having to ‘catch-up’ with their studies due to a lack of support during the pandemic.
Tutorspot, a leading online and in-person tutor platform has been helping and encouraging students of all ages, levels and abilities to explore a new way of learning with online, one-to-one tutoring sessions with highly qualified tutors across the UK. From online GCSE Biology tutors through to A-Level Further Maths tutors and beyond, students have been able to access a wide range of resources and knowledge from tutors with a strong background in their industry, with the likes of scientists, professors, University lecturers, University student tutors and carefully selected graduates offering their time to students in need. This extra help is particularly critical for students who are or will be taking their GCSEs and A-Levels in the academic year of 2020/21.
Although the Government stated only a week ago that 99.9% of schools in England had reopened, it would have taken a lot longer than usual for students, teachers and teaching assistants to get back into the swing of things. As everyone is getting used to new routines, schedules and learning barriers, there is less time for the normal back to school routine and fluidity that is expected after the summer holidays.
Paul Whiteman, the General Secretary of The National Association of Head Teachers told The Guardian: “It is in no way unpredictable or surprising that the demand for Covid-19 tests would spike when schools reopened more widely this term. And yet the system is in chaos. The government has failed schools and children.”
Looking forward to the next couple of months, the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has said that the “situation could become critical if students and staff are forced out of the classroom when suspected coronavirus cases worsen in winter months.” At this stage in every young person's life, it is critical that they have access to professional and reliable learning, as the importance of keeping on track with their studies is paramount to their success and that’s where Tutorspot can help.
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