7th October 2020

New research project to consider the impact of Covid-19 on pupils starting primary school in September 2020

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has commissioned the Education Policy Institute (EPI), the University of York and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) to assess the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on pupils beginning primary school in September 2020.

This project aims to understand the experiences of school starters and how they may differ from those in previous year groups. It will examine the factors influencing socio-emotional wellbeing and educational outcomes, including the experience of the pandemic this year, home learning activities, family demographics and child socio-emotional wellbeing.

The project also will explore how teaching practices during Reception year might have changed as a response to the pandemic, as this could give an indication of which approaches are associated with recovery.

Results are expected to be published in Spring 2022.

Get involved: how schools can take part in the project

We’re looking for primary schools to take part in the new project – if you’re interested, please contact education-schoolstarters-cv19@york.ac.uk

The sign up deadline is the 30th November.

We would particularly welcome involvement from the East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, South East and South West. However, expressions of interest are also welcomed from schools outside these areas if not already undertaking an EEF research project in the early years. 

For further details on the project please visit the EEF website