Towards the end of March 2020, as part of the measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closed to all pupils except vulnerable children and children of key workers. Some year groups returned to school in June, but most children did not return until September 2020. Therefore, for several months the majority of pupils were learning at home. This study will examine whether the Department for Education effectively supported schools and pupils in England during this period, including:
- whether it managed its overall response effectively;
- whether it managed the move to mainly home-learning effectively; and
- whether it effectively supported vulnerable and disadvantaged children.