Dev, Rushey Mead Academy, Leicester, 15
“For me, a 15-year-old, completing my GCSE’s next year, the thought of school closure seemed horrifying. Undoubtedly, Year 10’s and 12 seem to have been the worst hit losing nearly 25% of their in-school learning. For me, not being in school, makes it exceptionally difficult to learn – while knowing next year’s grades will have a huge impact on me.
Teaching is supposed to be as interactive as possible. You don’t achieve that when looking into a screen.
For most students the inability to stay motivated and concentrate combined with the fact that most haven’t completed their work has caused vast gaps in our learning. The restriction on schools is causing irreversible damage to our learning and will affect our grades massively.
For a lot of young people, home isn’t an ideal learning environment. It took me several weeks to find my perfect working style and to fully adapt to home learning. However, we often forget those with no access to the internet or laptops, those with difficult circumstances at home or those young people who have to care for a family member. The stress and workload for those most disadvantaged, can really make the difference of them reaching their full potentials.
Schools act as a community hub for students. Undoubtedly, they have had to fill the empty void youth clubs have left the past decade. The students of Britain are now missing out on getting the most basic of human contact and other vital services such as mental health support and physical activity.”
Dev has also been successful in advocating for the government to provide food vouchers to families who receive free school meals throughout the summer holidays. Read his comments to the BBC here.