The importance of social supports in education: survey findings from students with disability and their families during COVID-19

Helen Dickinson, Catherine Smith, Sophie Yates, Massimiliano Tani

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    Emergency situations such as pandemics typically widen inequities, and Australian children and young people with disability already face significant inequities in the education system. In this paper we draw on survey data from over 700 respondents exploring education experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many families reported being left behind, finding it difficult to access education remotely, and that this was having a significant impact on wellbeing and mental health. We find that of all support offered by schools, social supports have a stronger association with learner engagement than educational interventions. This finding indicates the importance of social and emotional supports in learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalDisability and Society
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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