Schools’ responses to Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant effect on education. This research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and NFER, aims to identify the impact on pupils, teachers and schools in England, both immediately and in the longer term.

 

 

Key findings from the Wave 1 survey

Key findings from the Wave 1 survey

Our first survey captured the views of 3054 senior leaders and teachers in 2153 primary and secondary schools across England. This overview summary brings together findings on the initial impact of lockdown.

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Returning pupils to school

Returning pupils to school

On 10 May 2020, the Prime Minister announced the phased return of some children to school in June. However, senior leaders had concerns about opening their schools to more pupils. They predicted that almost half of families would intially keep their children at home.

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Pupil engagement in remote learning

Pupil engagement in remote learning

During the lockdown period, schools continued to support their pupils to learn remotely. Teachers were in contact with six out of ten pupils, but only four in ten had returned their last piece of set work. Teachers were particularly concerned about pupils who lacked access to IT and/or space to study at home.

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Support for vulnerable pupils and the children of keyworkers

Support for vulnerable pupils and the children of keyworkers

Many schools continued to provide on-site education for vulnerable pupils and the children of keyworkers, plus welfare support. However, the level of attendance was low and schools were finding it challenging to get vulnerable pupils to engage with them.

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Job satisfaction and workload of teachers and senior leaders

Job satisfaction and workload of teachers and senior leaders

The majority of senior leaders and teachers were finding their working hours during lockdown at least somewhat manageable, though a notable minority were not. Both groups had higher levels of job satisfaction if they had greater control of their work.

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Technical report on the Wave 1 survey

Technical report on the Wave 1 survey

This technical report contains information about the Wave 1 survey sample and details of the analysis.

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RELATED RESEARCH: Home learning during Covid-19

RELATED RESEARCH: Home learning during Covid-19

This report analyses data from Understanding Society (USoc) and provides a unique snapshot of home learning activities at a specific point in time – after the first month of home schooling.

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