Socioeconomic Disparities in School Absenteeism after the First Wave of COVID-19 School Closures in Scotland

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School attendance is crucial for children’s educational attainment (e.g., Ansari & Pianta, 2019), particularly for children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds (Ready, 2010). During the Covid-19 school closures, socioeconomic inequalities in engagement with home learning have exacerbated (Andrew et al., 2020; Kuhfeld et al., 2020; The DELVE Initiative, 2020), which likely led to an increase in disparities in educational achievement (Engzell, Frey & Verhagen, 2020). To reduce further learning loss and mitigate socioeconomic gaps in achievement and wellbeing for all children, governments around the world reopened schools immediately after the first wave of Covid-19 pandemic (Scottish Government, 2020a&b; DFE, 2020; Bryant, Dorn, Hall, & Panier, 2020; Barton & Parekh, 2020).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2021


  • absenteeism
  • Covid-19
  • school attendance
  • pandemic

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