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My Name Is Julie

Julie asks if lockdown has affected her children's learning and if they will be able to catch up.

Julie has become increasingly worried about her children's education over lockdown. She is a single mum on a low income and life changed overnight, bringing financial stress and the challenges of homeschooling. Already aware of the existing attainment gap between the children of disadvantaged households and those in more affluent ones, she asks if she is alone in worrying about the effect of lockdown on children's education and if it has indeed increased these differences.

She speaks to her children Alex and Tom as well as to Sammy Wright, a teacher and Social Mobility Commission lead for Schools and HE; to Kadra Abdinasir, Head of Children and Young People's Mental Health at the Centre for Mental Health; Professor Greta Defeyter, Director of the Healthy Living Lab at Northumbria University; and also to Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee.

Producer: Philippa Geering
Executive Producers: Sean Glynn, Max O'Brien
A Novel production for BBC Radio 4

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28 minutes

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Sun 3 Jan 2021 21:30