About the Project
What is this project about?
This is a collaborative project run by researchers at the University of Reading and supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) scheme.
We document good practice in homeschooling/distance learning and wellbeing/mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown and inform policy planning for reopening of schools.
This project consists of sub-projects looking at different aspects of responding to children’s needs:
- Exploring the views of practitioners and families on distance learning, wellbeing/mental health during the lockdown and in transition back to formal schooling
- Exploring home-led reading activities during the lockdown and in transition back to formal schooling
We aim to identify:
- main needs of children and youth during school closures
- currently used good practices that help address these needs
- gaps in practice requiring further action and
- ways to plan for safe and effective school reopening
How are we doing that?
We are exploring the views of professionals working with and families/carers of children and young people who may:
- have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) with or without an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- have a child in need plan or a child protection plan
- be a looked-after child
- be a refugee or unaccompanied minor (and may speak English as an Additional Language)
- come from a disadvantaged background
- have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic
See our preliminary Results of the first project at: http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/vunerable-children-covid-19/about-the-project/results/ and browse Resources for you at: http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/vunerable-children-covid-19/resources-and-support-for-you/
If you would like to contribute your questions, please go to: https://reading.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/have-your-say
Our second project on home-led reading activities is open for participants:
Please go to the “Take Part” tab to learn more and take part: http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/vunerable-children-covid-19/take-part/