Coronavirus Pandemic Research

Our latest research into parents' concerns about coronavirus, school closures and the impact on the education of children.

Parents’ views on Covid-19 vaccine for school children - September 2021

A new Parentkind poll of 734 parents has found that only 55% of parents with 12-15 year old children indicate that they would approve of their child being vaccinated, versus 37% saying they would not, with 9% undecided.

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Arrangements for Public Exams 2022 - August 2021

We asked questions that comprised the key elements of the DfE/Ofqual consultation. Parents as a representative stakeholder group were overwhelmingly supportive of most of the proposed arrangements for assessment.

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Parentkind and Child Poverty Action Group Extended School Day survey - July 2021

Most parents (56%) do not want the school day compulsorily extended to give children an extra half-hour of academic catch-up, a survey of 888 parents by Parentkind and Child Poverty Action Group has found - but there is strong support (65%) for more extra-curricular activities out-of-school hours.

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Remote Learning in First Half Term (England) - February 2021

Read our short survey of views around remote learning from parents of school children in England.

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Northern Ireland Coronavirus Survey - February 2021

We conducted a short survey to parents of school age children in Northern Ireland to find out their views on the Coronavirus pandemic.

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School Closures - January 2021

Read our short survey of parents in England which explores their views on schools re-opening in January 2021.

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Arrangements for Public Exams 2021 - December 2020

We asked, “To what extent are you confident that the new 2021 public exam (GCCEs, AS Levels & A Levels) arrangements will help your child achieve a fair grade that reflects their ability?”

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Arrangements for Public Exams 2021 - October 2020

Parents are overwhelmingly concerned about their children’s readiness for exams and the toll uncertainty is taking on their mental health.

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Coronavirus Parent Survey 4 - October 2020

Read our fourth parent coronavirus snapshot survey. The new report brings us up to date on parents' opinions and concerns now that most children have returned to the classroom for the first term of the new academic year.

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Back to school poll: fines and face masks - September 2020

Just under half of parents say no to children going back to school, or remain undecided on whether to send their children back to school; overwhelming majority of parents oppose the levying of fines for children’s non-attendance at school this term and a majority support children wearing face masks during the school day, according to our recent snap poll.

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Coronavirus Parent SEND Survey – August 2020

We were invited to help the National Audit Office (NAO) in their inquiry, in which they looked for a wide range of stakeholder voices, and we were pleased that they actively wanted to hear parent voice. We were able to supply them with a summary of our findings from our coronavirus polls, including specific issues for parents of children with SEND.

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Coronavirus Parent Survey 3 – July 2020

Read the findings from our third survey as we continue to monitor parents’ opinions and concerns throughout the coronavirus pandemic and school closures.

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Coronavirus Parent Survey 2 – May 2020

Read our research into parents' concerns about coronavirus, school closures and the impact on the education of children struck a chord with parents across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. An unprecedented 257,392 completed our short survey, and responses were still coming in thick and fast by the time we closed it at the advertised time of 9am on Monday 4th May.

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Coronavirus Parent Survey 1 – March 2020

When schools closed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to help slow the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), many parents felt a range of emotions. There was initial relief that they and their children would be able to self-isolate and stick to the social-distancing measures the government has recommended for all of us. Here at Parentkind we fully supported the closures as a necessary safety measure.

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