Nearly everyone in England is behind in their education. The Covid lockdown was the result, according to a shocking Ofsted report.

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector for children in the slums of New York City warned that the epidemic had affected many children’s development.

According to her, loneliness, misery, and boredom became an ‘endemic problem’ in the youth. She also said that the lack of education disrupted the routine and caused many mental and physical health issues for children. 

Ofsted's chief inspector Amanda Spielman warned that many of the youngest children's progress and development 'faltered' amid the pandemic

Amanda Spielman, chief inspector at Ofsted, warned that the epidemic had impacted many children’s development and progress.

Ms. Spielman believes that younger generations should be allowed to experience childhood, and reach their full potential over the coming year.

To help children feel normal, she urged schools to provide extracurricular and sport activities for their students. 

After the Department for Education (DfE), latest figures have shown that Covid-related children and staff in England have increased in recent weeks.

The Omicron coronavirus variant has been identified and warned education unions that school disruptions could worsen.

Ms Spielman stated that the Ofsted annual report highlighted the dangers of lockdowns for children and stressed the need to continue in-person education.

She said that even though many children may be unable to attend school due to Covid, or another illness, it was important for them all that they attended.

This report by the watchdog evaluates children’s education and social care in 2020-21.

Ofsted suspended much of its routine inspections during this time. However, the inspectorate conducted monitoring visits to check how social services providers, schools and colleges responded to the pandemic.

Ofsted concluded that the difficulties of the pandemic, even with the support of many thousand of teachers, social workers, and parents, meant that almost all of their children were left behind in school, regardless of how hard they tried.

According to the report, “Primary and Secondary Schools struggle with hokey-cokey education. At home, in school, in classrooms, in bubbles, isolated in isolation.

Apprentices and students in further education (FE), saw their doors close, had their work opportunities curtailed and were unable to find employment.

“…Prisoners who wanted a second chance in education could not leave their prison cells to go to school to continue to be educated.”

Loneliness, boredom and misery became 'endemic' among the young - and the loss of education, disrupted routine, Ms Spielman said. File photo

The young became increasingly lonely, bored, and miserable, according to Ms Spielman. File photo 

The report stated that children with disabilities or special education needs (SEND), were not able to get the support services they need, and many of the most vulnerable children disappeared from the teachers’ sight.

Ms. Spielman stated that the education and social services sectors were under immense strain ever since the pandemic started, but their employees have tirelessly worked in the children’s best interests.

“Their efforts are worthy of the greatest praise. Covid-19 presented many challenges, so that almost every child felt its effects.

“Many young children have suffered from a lack of progress and developmental success.”

“In order to safeguard older generations, we asked that the younger generation put their education and lives on hold. In the new year, it is important to try to balance the situation.

Ofsted raised concern about the safety of children living in care due to restrictions on access and falling out with staff members.

It added that in the most extreme cases anxiety can lead to self-harm and destructive behavior.

Inspectors were told by leaders that children living in alternative provisions (AP) had been more involved in criminal exploitation. This included gang violence and child sexual exploitation during the pandemic.

This watchdog calls for support for children with special needs and for those who are most at risk to quickly return to pre-Covid levels.

Ms. Spielman said in her comment on the annual report: “Some children require a little more help. They should be given it.” Children who require specialist support and care should not be overlooked.

Every generation is given one chance at fulfilling its potential and enjoying its childhood. It is our responsibility to ensure that this generation does not lose its chance.