EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract
Nearly half the national school student population is at risk of having their learning and wellbeing significantly compromised by not being at school because they are in a vulnerable group, due to their young age; social disadvantage; specific needs; or family employment context.
As soon as health restrictions permit there is an urgent need to reconnect these students to the physical context of school-based learning to support their learning and wellbeing outcomes. Concurrently there is a need to invest rapidly in developing significant capability in schools to deliver education both online and on-site. [Continues …]
Nearly half (46%) of Australian children and young people are at risk adverse effects on their educational outcomes, nutrition, physical movement, social, and emotional wellbeing by being physically disconnected from school.
It is already clear that nationally, children and young people are experiencing learning losses. Thismeans that there will not be the expected cognitive gains for these students over the period oflearning at home. These losses will cause a delay in cognitive gain and achievement in some studentsand result in others being lost to the education system. The impacts are particularly evident in:
- the early years, which are critical years for learning, with an established body of research demonstrating the return on investments made in these years;
- vulnerable students for whom learning loss is difficult to recover;
- students who are at risk of disengaging or who have disengaged, noting that the longer they are away from school the higher the likelihood that they will never adjust or re-engage;
- students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds; and
- students undertaking VET subjects who are unable to do their practical or workplace-based components.
SOURCE: Brown, N., Te Riele, K., Shelley, B. & Woodroffe, J. (2020). Learning at home during COVID-19:
Effects on vulnerable young Australians. Independent Rapid Response Report. Hobart: University of
Tasmania, Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment.*
*Brotherhood of St Laurence staff will also find this publication in the Library Catalogue
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