Consultation with year 6 to year 14 pupils about their learning experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown, from January to March 2021

Date published: 03 November 2021

The second COVID-19 lockdown took place from January to March 2021, resulting in most pupils learning remotely from home. Between 1 June and 11 June 2021, the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) invited all pupils in school, from years 6 to 14, to tell us more about what it was like undertaking learning during the second lockdown.

consultation, year 6 to 14 pupils, learning experiences, covid-19 lockdown.

A total of 28,790 year 6 to year 14 pupils completed the online questionnaires. Of these responses: 14,256 were year 6 and year 7 pupils from 45% of all primary schools; and 14,534 were pupils from 77% of post-primary schools. The majority (71%), of the post-primary responses were from key stage 3 pupils, largely because of the time of the school year that the survey took place.

The main findings from the online questionnaires are outlined in the commentary report. The quantitative data tables and detailed pamphlet summaries of the returns are available for the pupils to read for primary and post-primary.

Audio transcript

Audio transcript - Irish version

Thank you

ETI thank all of the pupils who responded to the questionnaires. We are deeply appreciative of the school leaders and teachers, who supported ETI through both piloting the questionnaires and encouraging and allowing time for the pupils to complete them. ETI hope to build further on this work with their continued co-operation.

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