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Millions of children across the UK are currently out of school for an extended period due to lockdown. Digital classrooms have been set up at dinner tables that have been turned into makeshift classrooms, with many parents gaining experience as first-time teachers. This arrangement is far from ideal in most households, with families finding it difficult to manage their children’s educational workloads. The problem is exasperated further in homes where adequate technology does not exist. England alone is home to over 1 million children economically deprived children, with many unable to study from home because they lack suitable access to digital devices or the internet, a key finding raised in a recent survey by educational charity Teach First. By the end of the UK’s first week in lockdown, teachers said that 10% of pupils did not own a device or had no internet service. With uncertainty about when schools will re-open, pupils categorised as disadvantaged are set to continue to fall behind their better-off peers. Teach First is calling on tech companies and Internet providers to expand their networks to provide more broadband and Wi-Fi hotspots around areas of need. Chief Executive of Teach First, Russell Hobby explained, “All teachers and parents are working hard, but they need wider society’s help to make sure the most vulnerable children don’t get left behind.”

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Family Kids & Youth – what we are doing during Coronavirus lockdown

We are continuing to carry out our UK and international research with children, teens and parents but have switched all this online and to our apps. Our qualitative research is filmed and our mini groups, depth interviews and focus groups are proving to be a great success. Children and young people are totally at home speaking online and are extremely vocal, even on the most sensitive of topics. Parents are appreciating the ‘group effect’ of online video conferencing.

Our resourceful team at FK&Y has been home-based since Monday 16 March and our regular catch-ups on Microsoft Teams ensure we all know what each other is doing! We’d like to thank our clients, our suppliers and of course our research participants for being so encouraging and so supportive.

We have compiled lists of organisations that offer help on home-schooling, child behaviour, and anxiety and mental health. Please contact me barbie@kidsandyouth.com if you wish to receive this list.

Wishing all our clients, colleagues and friends our very best wishes! Dr Barbie.

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