This is an invitation to submit information, insight and reflections to the University of Birmingham’s Education and COVID-19 Initiative.
At present we have limited systematic knowledge about the detail or range of education provision being developed by schools, Local Authorities, the Department for Education, and many others, including commercial entities. Furthermore, this provision is constantly evolving as institutions and organisations adapt to the need to facilitate education in the context of school closures, social distancing and, ultimately, re-opening under new conditions. Even less is known about how education provision is being received by children and families. Furthermore, we do not as yet understand what the short, medium and longer term implications of education in these form and under these conditions will be for students, teachers, schools or societies. In particular, we might anticipate that the effects will be felt differently by different sections of society and that there is the potential for existing gaps to be exacerbated or for new gaps to emerge. It is crucial that we bring together insight from stakeholders and education experts to enable us to develop the very best responses to an education landscape being shaped by COVID-19.
We are keen to collect information about and generate insight on:
- What is being done to secure education provision for children and young people during COVID-19.
- Forms of support for education systems and other agencies in the short and medium term as they move from emergency improvisation, through more sustained innovation for learning and flourishing, and to returns to forms of school-based education.
- Any differential impacts of school closures on learning and strategies to ameliorate these.
- Possible strategies to effect sustained change to education systems, institutions and practices for the medium and long term, with an emphasis on education quality, in-demand skills, social justice and equity.
We are particularly concerned to understand the implication of the impacts of COVID-19 in relation to:
- Assessment and learning
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic pupils and families
- Early Years
- Institutional and Systems Leadership
- Looked After Children
- Low- and no-tech learning
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
- Transitions – from early years to school, from primary school to secondary school, from school to further and higher education
- Traveller Children
The initiative is being led by Professor Deborah Youdell, School of Education, University of Birmingham.
Submit your insights into education provision