In a ‘normal world’, children will be skipping their way to school, running to see their friends in the playground, enthusiastic for the day ahead spent learning and having fun.

But, as we all know, since March 2020, it has not been that simple.

Children across the country have been tackling home schooling as their new way of learning and had to adapt to ‘live lessons’ from their computers.

According to Research by the Sutton Trust, schools are now better equipped to deliver remote learning than they were last March.

But could there be too many distractions at home for effective remote learning?

‘I feel that it is hard for me to do schoolwork in this situation because I don’t get the help I would get at school.’               Ava Rose – SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT

For Ava-Rose, who has just started High School in September, she is still trying to adjust to the new way of remote learning, as well as a new school, new teachers and new friends.

High School is a big step in a child’s life, starting the process of ‘growing up’ and becoming a teenager and young adult.

From 9-3 on Monday to Friday, Ava-Rose has to sit at her dining room table and take part in a series of ‘live lessons’ from her teachers and get worksheets and materials from her online workspace to complete and upload for her teachers to mark.

Completing schoolwork remotely for Ava-Rose is not easy and brings its challenges.

‘I feel that it is hard for me to do schoolwork in this situation because I don’t get the help I would get at school.’

‘For me I think that it is a struggle not just for school but everywhere because I can’t go out and be with family from different households or places.’

Over 12,000 pupils accessed lessons remotely as the new term got under way, but the number rose quickly to 25,000, according to the Oak National Academy, the online school set up by the government to help support pupils during lockdown.

The government have since announced that schools are not going to reopen until at least 8th March, and Ava-Rose, along with many other school children can’t wait to get back into the classroom.