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Rapid Response Research: The Educational Impact of School Closure


Update on the Rapid Response Survey on School Closure

We are currently analysing data from our survey on the impact of school closure on parents /guardians, teachers, young people and admissions / outreach staff.

2219 responses were collected between March 28th and April 20th 2020. Iinitial findings have been released on the University of Exeter Twitter page. A technical appendix with more information on our sample and methodology is available in our Rapid Response Technical note.

 We have analysed the findings from the admissions and outreach professionals survey, the work is based on 262 respondents. Read about the findings and the Implications of COVID-19.

To cite this work:
Mountford-Zimdars, A and Moore, J (2020) Safety, food and well-being are a greater concern than attainment: The views from university widening participation staff in the context of Covid-19, Centre for Social Mobility, University of Exeter, Working Paper.

Working paper

The following report is based on a survey of 230 young people aged 16+ in England: Assessing the early impact of school and college closures on students in England

To cite this work:
Yeeles,  P., Baars, S., Mulcahy E., Shield, W. and Mountford-Zimdars, A. (2020) Assessing the early impact of school and college closures on students in England, Centre for Social Mobility, University of Exeter, Working Paper (04.06.2020). 


About the Survey

The closure of schools impacts on young people, families, teachers and university admissions and outreach professionals.  By answering a few short questions about your perceptions, expectations and concerns, you will help us provide quick feedback to policy makers about the implications of the current school closure. More information is available in our Rapid Response Info sheet

We have received ethical approval from the University of Exeter (Reference S1920-101) and the survey is GPDR compliant. Participation in the survey means that you consent to participating in the study. Your survey responses are anonymous. This means that we are unable to withdraw you from the study once you have submitted your survey. It will not be possible to identify individuals in any publications.

If you can, please spare 10 minutes to support this work by participating in the study survey. Please feel free to forward the survey to other students (aged 16 and above), parents/ guardians / teachers, and university admissions and outreach professionals.

We are donating £50 for every 200 completed surveys (up to a maximum of £1000) to the Charity ChildLine. You will also have the chance to be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher (or if preferred a £50 donation to the WHO Covid19 fund).

Complete the survey.

We appreciate any thoughts you would like to share.

**We are delighted to announce that we have already donated £550 to ChildLine (NSPCC) so far - thank you!**

If you have further questions or comments about the research, please contact:

Professor Anna Mountford-Zimdars


The project team for this work from the University of Exeter are:

Alison Black, Anna Mountford-Zimdars, Annabel Watson, Brahm Norwich, Emily Warwick, Joanne Moore, Julie Mason, Judith Kleine Staarman, Katherin Barg, Luke Graham, Neil French, Nick Long, Nicola Sinclair, Paul Woolnough, Sara Venner, Taro Fujita, Verity Hunt, Will Shield, ZhiMin Xiao, Dongbo Zhang

We are delighted to be partnering with Sam Baars from The Centre for Education and Youth.

We would like to thank our critical friends for feedback on the surveys: Ciaran Burke (University of the West of England), Kevin Denny (University College Dublin) and Steven Jones (University of Manchester)  


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