One-Fifth of UK Children ‘Missing’ From Classrooms Following Lockdowns

The UK Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) released a report saying there is an “alarming rise” in children no longer being taught in a classroom following Covid lockdowns. The study found that two million out of nine million students are no longer attending school, with a 34% increase in homeschooling. The CSJ is now imploring the government to design a national registry for children being homeschooled, allowing officials to know how children are receiving an education and if they are subject to “abuse, neglect, criminal exploitation, and child employment.”

From Breitbart:

The CSJ pointed to the government lockdown policy in particular as a driving force behind the move towards home schooling, with have of those children recorded beginning their education at home during the lockdowns. According to the Daily Telegraph, the British government closed schools more days than any other country in Europe with the exception of Italy, with UK school kids missing class on 44 per cent of learning days between January of 2020 and July of 2021.

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In response to the report, a spokesman for the Department for Education said: “We know the importance of a consistent education for children’s life chances which is why we have put in place a range of measures to help drive up attendance levels.

“These include strengthened guidance for schools and councils, new data dashboards, advisers working with local authorities and a mentoring pilot for persistently absent pupils, all with the aim of boosting attendance levels in schools.”