Family-school partnerships in the age of Covid-19: reasons for optimism amidst a global pandemic

Jones, Chris ORCID: 0000-0003-0825-5860 and Forster, Colin ORCID: 0000-0002-5896-1491 (2021) Family-school partnerships in the age of Covid-19: reasons for optimism amidst a global pandemic. Practice: Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Education. doi:10.1080/25783858.2021.1927159 (In Press)

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This article reports on research undertaken in May and June, 2020, during the initial phase of the Covid-19 pandemic when schools in England were still closed to the majority of children. The research sought to explore the impact of the so-called ‘lockdown’ on family-school partnerships. Research shows such partnerships make an important contribution to the effective education of children and young people, potentially leading to improved behaviour, engagement and learning outcomes. The study was conducted as a short online survey, circulated through social media and email, which invited teachers, school leaders and others working in Primary and Secondary schools to share their experiences of family-school partnership during this time. Analysis of data showed that schools had made considerable efforts to maintain communication and support for all families, particularly those deemed ‘hard-to-reach’, and many participants reported that family-school partnerships had actually been strengthened through this testing period of time.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: children; coronavirus; Covid-19; families; lockdown; parents; partnership; schools; young people
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education & Humanities > Education
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2021 12:07
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 22:20

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