School attendance and home learning experiences study

University College London have launched The School Attendance and Home Learning Experiences Study.

The online survey will be live over the summer of 2021. They are collecting data from approximately 1,500 parents of 5 to 15 year-old children across all 4 UK countries. The study is looking at school attendance and home learning experiences of children with intellectual disability and/or autism. The study will provide evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on school attendance and home education for children with an intellectual disability and or autism.

UCL would like to investigate the experience of your child attending school or learning from home during May 2021 in the UK. You are invited to participate in this study if you have a child with a neurodevelopmental condition: either a learning (intellectual) disability or an autism spectrum condition, or both. Your child may also have other conditions. Your child is school-aged: between 5 and 15 years old. You may be the child’s parent (biological, foster, adoptive, step, co-parent) or carer.

Your child may be registered to attend a mainstream school, a special school, alternative provision, or your child may be home schooled. Whatever your child’s schooling environment is, they would like to hear from you.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many disruptions to children’s education. UCL are interested in understanding school attendance about a year from the start of the pandemic, and also home learning (whether that’s because of Elective Home Education or other reason).

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, is anonymous (no names or IP addresses), and includes three sections:

  • Information about your child (e.g., health, age, conditions)
  • School attendance in May 2021 (if your child is registered with a school) or home education experiences (if your child is not registered with a school)
  • Some information about you and your family (e.g., your relationship to the child, your age and health, your thoughts on COVID-19, family life).

CLICK HERE to take part in the survey.