Quarantine measures have had devastating effects for the more deprived parts of the UK. Research sourced from the Institute for Fiscal Studies highlights that England has furthered the gap between wealthy and poorer school children. Analysis indicated that the richer 20% of pupils spent more time on educational exercises during the pandemic (an average of six hours more a week) than the poorer 20%. A headteacher at one of the schools commented that it would take approximately two years to close that gap. The government’s official response was that it was vital for children to return to classrooms as soon as possible. Reeta Chakrabarti and correspondent Ed Thomas report the matter.