COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on society. This impact is particularly stark for children, families and frontline workers, particularly those living and working in areas of significant disadvantage. As a response to the urgent needs of children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic, public services and organisations have had to adapt rapidly; putting new arrangements into place and adapting existing ones.


Policy Scotland is working in partnership with Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, local authorities and Scottish Government is undertaking research and intelligence gathering to document responses to and the impact of COVID-19 on education, children and families.

This strand of work seeks to understand how local responses are working in a rapidly changing context and provide insights into the impact of COVID-19 on children and families, particularly those living in poverty. At national and local levels, Policy Scotland is using its own evidence and commentary combined with  emerging evidence from national and international networks to inform and support educational leaders and policy makers to develop evidence informed responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Policy Scotland is also leading the development of a global network with the Universities of O’Higgins, Public University Catholica Valparaiso and Santiago in Chile and the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands in partnership with the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) to share emerging research findings and move knowledge and emerging practices around the world to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 on learning, children and families.

Interested in participating? Please contact Chris Chapman.


This work is part of the Policy Scotland programme COVID-19: Urgently needed insights for public policy challenges

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