In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the world have switched to online education as early as February 2020 to contain the spread of the disease.

While schools in China gradually have reopened since April, Beijing had to close schools again in June due a resurgence of cases. Periodic school closing has become an important containment strategy until effective treatment and/or vaccination for COVID-19 becomes available.

Employing the ‘facilitated look-backs’, a quality improvement method validated in previous epidemics, this pilot project will involve schools and stakeholders in Beijing and Wuhan to generate evidence to inform a wider rollout across China and to other countries and for future epidemic responses.

Our objectives

  • To identify and investigate critical issues around education quality, and health and well-being of adolescents confronted with abrupt changes in teaching delivery and learning environment.
  • To develop an After Action Review (AAR) to learn lessons from previous school closures during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • To evaluate the AAR report against collected feedback from stakeholders to ensure its feasibility and appropriateness in various contexts particularly among marginalized, disadvantaged populations that has an impact beyond the pandemic.
  • To build an interdisciplinary research capability by applying a ‘facilitated look-backs’, a quality improvement approach developed for management of routine annual and pandemic influenza, to the educational filed.

Research in the School of Education
and Lifelong Learning


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