School closures and time spent away from the classroom has had a knock-on impact on the education of young people across the UK.

Numerous studies point to various degrees of learning losses, with teachers and parents now exploring the best ways of helping children to catch up.

Tutoring services could therefore play a pivotal role in the coming months, helping to restore your child’s confidence and get their education back on track.

What impact did the lockdown have on learning?

According to researchers at the University of Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, primary-aged pupils were hardest by the lockdown, with the majority making very little progress at home.

Although the study focuses on Dutch school children, it is suggested that the situation in the Netherlands is broadly comparable to the UK, and that youngsters here may be further behind as schools were shut for a longer period.

Accelerate Tutors have noticed similar outcomes as a result of the pandemic, with just shy of 90% of the tutors we quizzed suggesting that children’s levels of education have regressed in the last year.

Of more than 100 responses, 97% also said that children’s mental health and wellbeing has been affected – perhaps driven by the widespread uncertainty around exams and grading practices.

Tutors can provide support for your children in these areas by focusing on topics where they require specific assistance, helping to reassure them, reduce any anxiety and restore belief in their ability.

How could a tutor help your child?

Our tutors have reported rising demand for their services on the back of the pandemic, with 48% of tutors saying that pupils have been asking for additional help in the classroom.

Nearly 40% of those working outside school settings have also seen demand for additional support rise as parent’s look to give their children the best chance of future success.

From plugging gaps in core subjects to providing guidance on coursework, tutors can play a big role in restoring confidence and ensuring that your child is adequately prepared for their remaining time in education.

In particular, they can tailor learning plans which focus on specific areas of weakness, or can work to build a greater level of understanding around key parts of the curriculum.

Your child may have lost valuable learning time in the past months, but that doesn’t mean they can’t catch up over time.