Invitation to take part in RISE survey

Dear Parents,

I hope you and your family are all keeping well during these deeply uncertain times. As we start to see the opportunity of young people returning to school, we want to make sure that we have learned from how they have reacted to home study and remote digital learning. Schools will need to plan carefully for this long gap in schooling especially because students will return with different experiences both in terms of their learning and wellbeing.

We need your help to find out what has been happening so we can help schools and policy makers make these decisions

I would like to invite you to take part in some research conducted by the Research Institute for Social Mobility & Education (RISE). We are a non-political think tank, part-funded by the University of Bolton to conduct research into education and social mobility policy and practice.

In the first phase of this research, we ask that participants complete a short 5 minute survey by following the link below. As a parent/carer this is your personal link to complete:


We are also seeking to gather information from school leaders, students, and teachers.

We are using the surveying platform Qualtics, which is widely used amongst educational establishments. I would like to assure you that we are collecting no personalised data whatsoever and all results will be fully anonymised. Due to time constraints, we ask that participants please aim to complete the survey as soon as possible and certainly before 31 May.

I hope you will see the value of conducting this research at this time and I would like to sincerely thank you in advance for participating. Please direct any questions or enquiries to our senior researcher George Foote (G.foote@bolton.ac.uk).

Our second phase of research will be to conduct some on- line focus groups with school leaders, teachers, students and parents. We will approach a sample of schools directly to see if they are willing to help with this more detailed stage.

Kind regards,

Andrea Jenkyns MP
Social Mobility Lead

Prof Sonia Blandford
Head of centre

Prof David Hopkins
Education Lead

John Baumber
Head of The International Centre for Educational Enhancement