Scrambling for devices and dashing naked from the shower: lockdown 2 has created new hurdles for families – and schools

In lockdown 1 last year, social media was alive with parents complaining that they were being forced to homeschool with little more than an unfathomable worksheet and the occasional email from school. “British teachers are barely trying,” moaned the Economist magazine. So the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, must have thought he was pulling a blinder when he announced that in big lockdown 2 all children would be entitled to at least “three to five hours of teaching per day”.

Unfortunately, as has so often been the case in this pandemic, the reality has not quite turned out as parents perhaps hoped.

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