Child and adolescent psychologist Claire Rowe says there will be cohorts of children who will “possibly not recover” from missing out on face-to-face learning for extended periods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There will be quite a large population of children with the early phonetic acquisition of things like reading, that will be behind for years to come,” Ms Rowe told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

“They were perhaps vulnerable before this … but now, you take away several months, half a year, a whole year of education and there will be irreparable damage that we can’t recover.

“I don’t know the scale of that, and I don’t think we’re going to know the scale of that for a number of years.”

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