Learning in a Covid-19 World - The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools


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Schools faced new challenges in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. To understand what these challenges were and how schools responded, the Education Review Office interviewed 750 schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country, from May through to September 2020. We found that schools went the extra mile to keep students learning and to support the wellbeing of students and staff. However, there is likely to have been a negative impact on student progress and wellbeing – with students telling us they were still anxious about Covid-19. It is likely the impacts of Covid-19 on education will continue to be felt this year.

This report sets what the challenges have been for these schools during the pandemic and, to support schools and the education system to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the report identifies key lessons going forward and practical steps schools can take.

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A 6-page summary of the report is also available - outlining the key findings from the report and the recommendations for going forward.

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