Covid-19 school closures, working from home and family challenges: a novel solution

Jodie Pinnell*, Alexander John William Sabine, Catherine Carroll-Meehan

*Corresponding author for this work

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    This blog post outlines a unique response to the challenges faced by families during the Covid-19 pandemic. The creation of ‘Study Buddy Club,’ saw Childhood Studies undergraduate students operate daily online sessions with the children of university staff (aged 8-11). This aimed to provide much-needed respite for parents and carers working from home. With a focus on the educational and pastoral needs of young children, ‘Study Buddy Club’ appealed to a ‘family-friendly’ working policy, acknowledging the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on certain members of staff, particularly working mothers. A second aim of the project was to offer work placement hours for undergraduate students in childhood studies. Practical experience is a compulsory component required to ensure an ‘approved qualification’ (DfE, 2021) and the academic year was progressing in lockdown without access to a viable solution to fulfill this. These sessions covered both curriculum-based homework set by schools and extracurricular activities via Zoom. The programme proved to be highly successful with a healthy uptake, and all attendees agreed that the provision was of significant benefit.
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeBlog article
    PublisherBritish Educational Research Association
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2021

    Publication series

    NameCovid-19, Education and Educational Research
    PublisherBritish Educational Research Association


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