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.

Our goal is to document good practice in homeschooling/distance learning and wellbeing/mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown and inform policy planning for reopening of schools.

We aim to identify:

  • main needs of children and youth during school closures
  • currently used 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

Findings of this project will help respond to the parliament evidence call that can be found here: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/202/the-impact-of-covid19-on-education-and-childrens-services/

How do I learn more and participate:

We are inviting practitioners at all levels of education and children services (leaders, SENCos, Inclusion Leads, teaching/social care staff) and families/carers/ foster carers to give us your views. Please go to the “Take Part” tab to participate.