Homeschooling in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 crisis: the experiences of parents and carersResearch Report
The COVID-19 crisis in Spring 2020 has forced parents and carers to assume a greater role than ever before in their children’s education.
It has tested schools and teachers to their limits in terms of adapting fast to providing (mostly online) resources for home learning, and thrown children into a new, confined online learning environment at home. All this, amid a broader context of fear and uncertainty caused by a global pandemic.
Despite the upheaval, it is vital that our children’s education and our families’ wellbeing is monitored and understood by policymakers, service providers, and the research community.
This report communicates the findings of an online survey conducted by the Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement (CREU) to capture the experiences of parents/carers’ undertaking home-schooling during lockdown. The survey asked how parents/carers were approaching the task, how schools were supporting them, and what could be done to better support their households.