Research on the impact of school closures and recovery strategies in Key Stage 1

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What is the research project?
The research project is exploring the impact of the Covid-19 related school closures on the attainment gap of key stage 1 (KS1) pupils and their socio-emotional development. It will explore how support is accessed for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, school practices and teachers’ perspectives including information on pupil-level support strategies such as small-group work, tutoring and parental engagement. The research project will be completed through teacher questionnaires and the results from sitting the NFER optional tests in mathematics and reading.

Who is conducting the study?
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has been commissioned to carry out this research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

Which schools can take part?
A sample of schools have been contacted who have ordered at least one set of the NFER Optional tests for use this academic year. Any of these schools can take part in this research project.

When will the tests take place?
The testing windows are:
Y2 Autumn tests: between 2 and 13 November 2020
Y1 and Y2 Spring tests: March 2021*
Y1 Summer tests: June 2021*
* Spring and Summer test dates will be confirmed nearer the time

What will the research project involve for teachers and schools?
The research will require schools to return their assessments to NFER for free marking after each test period. KS1 teachers will be required to complete a questionnaire in the autumn and summer terms for a small number of pupils covering the socio-emotional development. They will also need to complete a record of support for individual pupils throughout the academic year, and submit to NFER in the Summer term.

Year 1 pupils will be required to sit both the Spring and Summer tests, and year 2 pupils the Autumn and Spring tests, in order to complete the full suite of materials and enable an assessment to be made of their progress and attainment over the academic year.
The completed tests will be required to be submitted to the NFER, for marking, who will then provide the results to the schools via the NFER Progress Tool, as well as copies of all tests electronically via the school portal.

In the Autumn term the headteacher or KS1 lead will be required to complete a school-level survey on how they approached support in lockdown and their planned recovery activities such as small-group work, tutoring and parental engagement. Teachers will also need to complete two surveys across the academic year, as detailed above, on socio-emotional development for a sample of their pupils.

Joining the research project: Each school headteacher will sign the online Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and nominate their school’s point of contact for the research project.

Data: The NFER will provide a template on the secure school portal for teachers to provide the data required for the research project. This will include contact information as well as some information on the pupils, for example names, UPN.

When will my school need to get involved and what is required?

DATE ACTIVITY

September 2020

Sign-up to the project with the NFER, and identify teachers to be involved. The NFER will provide an online data template for schools to complete the required data.
Schools provide:
• Contact name and contact details,
• Pupil names, date of birth, gender, class, year group, UPN, EAL and FSM
The NFER will also provide schools with a letter for parents that explains the research and gives them the opportunity to withdraw their child from the data collection for the study. This should be shared with all parents in the relevant class in advance.

November 2020

Schools sit Year 2 Autumn tests and return them to the NFER
Teachers complete pupil level socio-emotional development surveys online for Year 1 and Year 2 for a subset of pupils.
Headteacher/KS1 lead completes school-level survey

December 2020

Results and diagnostic analysis to schools for the autumn tests

January 2021

Feedback to schools for the Autumn term.
Access to teacher completed pupil-level participation support record for Year 1 and Year 2 available.

March 2021

Schools sit Year 1 and Year 2 Spring tests and return them to the NFER

April 2021

Results and diagnostic analysis to schools for the Spring tests

May 2021

Feedback to schools for the Spring term

June 2021

Schools sit Year 1 Summer tests and return them to the NFER.
Teachers complete pupil level socio-emotional development surveys online for a subset of Year 1 and Year 2.
Teachers complete pupil-level participation support record for Year 1 and Year 2.

July 2021

Follow up telephone interviews with selected teachers
Results to schools for the Summer tests.
Schools provide Y2 National Curriculum Test data

 

 


The final report will be sent to schools on publication.

How will my school benefit from taking part?
The school will receive a complimentary marking service for all assessments and will also have access to the feedback tool.

The marking will use diagnostic coding to help identify common errors and misconceptions. We will develop short leaflets identifying these and their implications for teaching.

How will the findings be used?
The findings will be used to provide a report to the EEF on the impact of the school closures on the attainment gap within KS1 and the socio-emotional development of pupils. This report will also include how Covid-19 related school closures and recovery has affected and supported disadvantaged children, as well as how they access this support. This report will be available to primary schools to assist and develop their support of disadvantaged pupils at KS1.

Who needs to give agreement for participation in the research project?
Schools will join the research project via their headteacher.

What happens if a school, teacher or pupils want to withdraw from the research project?
A school, teacher or pupil can withdraw from the research project and/or from their data being used in the research project at any time. Schools must notify the NFER of any pupils or teachers who withdraw from the research project.

Parents can choose to withdraw their child from the data collection of the research project at any time. They can do this by returning the form on the bottom of the parent letter to their school. Schools must not provide data about children whose parents withdraw them from the data collection. If the withdrawal takes place after the study commences, schools must notify the NFER of such pupils to be removed from datasets and subsequent analysis immediately.

How will the NFER use and protect the data collected?
All data gathered during the research project will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR and will be treated in the strictest confidence by the NFER. No pupil-level data will be shared with the EEF.

All teacher and pupil-level data shared by schools with the NFER will be done so via a secure school portal. For the purposes of the research project, all pupils will have an ID number.

No school, teacher or pupil will be named in any report arising from this work. A Privacy Notice for the research project is available here:
School Privacy Notice


Who can I contact for more information?
For further information, please contact Robert Weeks on 01753 637142 or email KS1AttainmentResearch@nfer.ac.uk.