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How Education Fared during the First Wave of COVID-19 Lockdowns? International Evidence

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Professor Birgitta Rabe presented an overview of our most recent research on the impact of school closures on children’s wellbeing and learning to a huge online audience of experts, policy makers and academic researchers from around the world at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) seminar How Education Fared during the First Wave of COVID-19 Lockdowns? International Evidence on Monday 29 November. The seminar (recorded here), organised in partnership with the American Educational Research Association, was attended by over 1,500 delegates from around the world. Our research was presented alongside findings from international experts in the field.

Professor Rabe’s research team has produced a number of high profile research reports on the impact of school closures on children in the UK using data from Understanding Society’s COVID 19 surveys. Our report on the impact on children’s mental health was cited in the Chief Medical Officers’ letter to Government recommending the introduction of vaccinations for 12-15 year olds.

The research also featured in this article in PoliticsHome on Monday 29 November Children’s double hit from pandemic

Read more about our recent research findings here Mind The Gap: Educational Inequalities during COVID and COVID 19 and school availability: impact on parental labour supply and wellbeing