Picture this - you’ve had six months away from the office. You tried to get your work done at home but you had no laptop, no internet access and no quiet space. You get back to the office and realise your teammates had what they needed to stay on track. They’re ready. You’re not.
That’s the reality that millions of poorer young people are facing. They’re back in school sat alongside classmates who had what they needed to keep learning in lockdown. For many, exams are just around the corner.
Before COVID-19 you only had half the chance of getting good grades at school if you are growing up in a poor community. The odds just got much tougher.
This isn’t just about fairness, it’s also bad for the economy. Three years after the last global crash, more than one in five young people were left unemployed. For this generation, getting a good job will be hard. And without good grades – it’ll be nearly impossible.