Network Activities

Online Symposium on School at home: the lived experience of families with young children during the first COVID-19 lockdown in France

Network 14 is delighted to warmly invite you to an online event on Tuesday 11 May from 12noon to 2pm (UK time - time converter ). It will give us the opportunity to learn more about the findings of a study exploring the unprecedented situation faced by families with young children as a result of school and preschool closures in France during the first COVID-19 lockdown. 

The symposium aims to make visible the experiences and voices of families with young children who attempted to cope with emergency distance education, in order to inform more appropriate ways to maintain sustainable, inclusive, and supportive school-family connections, capable of addressing current and future challenges to the ways in which schooling has been thought of so far. This symposium will discuss the first results of COV-JEUNENFANT (COVID-Young Child), an interdisciplinary project aiming to better understand what mothers, fathers and their young children (under six years old) experienced throughout the first COVID-19 lockdown in France as favorable or less favorable moments, the possibly gendered and socially situated activities that emerged from domestic work (educational tasks, caregiving tasks, etc.), as well as the related feelings for both parents.

In France, as in many countries, the measures imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted the socialization patterns of families. The symposium will start by presenting the work of two project groups that take into account the unprecedented situation faced by families with young children as a result of school and preschool closures in France: one focusing on the experiences of single-parent families, the other on the quality of intra-family relationships.

The symposium will have dedicated time for discussion in the light of the existing literature on single-parent families and intra-family relationships in association with COVID-19 and school-family connections.

Symposium Co-ordinators: Dr Alice Moscaritolo, Groupement d'intérêt scientifique Bébé petite Enfance en Contextes-Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, France and Dr Laurence Lasselle, University of St Andrews, UK

Speakers: Alice Moscaritolo, Amalia Martinez, Maud Martinasso (Groupement d'intérêt scientifique Bébé petite Enfance en Contextes-Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, France)

If you wish to participate in the event, please fill in the form available here.

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Online Symposium on Democratising the Urban City through Education Theory, Policy and Practice

Network 14 was delighted to welcome warmly 43 participants from 22 countries to its first online event on Friday 12 February from 12noon (UK time). The event was co-organised by Laurence, the link convener and Dr Deborah Ralls from the University of Manchester School of Education in the UK. The participants gathered to learn more about the findings of an international comparative study which explored how approaches to education can help reconnect urban communities when those approaches use radical forms of engagement between institutions and communities.

The event featured international examples of research and practice. The examples illustrated how cities are attempting to (re)connect communities by viewing education as a lived experience. This process involves developing a shared understanding not only of the connections and implications of individuals’ social situations and experiences, but also of the range and meanings of different situations and experiences.

By bringing together a variety of projects and initiatives, the symposium addressed gaps in policy and research. It illuminated how a place and its communities can become more relational through education theories, policies and practices.

The symposium featured invited speakers:

  • José Cano Escribano, Institut Municipal d'Educació de Barcelona
  • Arnau Boix, *estel coop and Participatory Process for Teenage Citizens in Barcelona
  • Lady Christina de Almeida, UNIPeriferias
    (Watch UNIperiferias video about their work with people of the world's peripheries.)
  • Ana Beatriz da Silva, UNIPeriferias
  • Dr Fernando Lannes Fernandes, UNIPeriferias and University of Dundee.

See more on the full symposium activities Padlet.


General Activities

INDIRE (Research and Innovation for the Italian School) invited the link convener to their international conference on Rural Schools in Rome last December. They have kindly invited the link convener to join them. More information available at

Some co-conveners have invited all Network members to contribute to some special issues of academic journals.

  • Rocío García-Carrión, co-convener, invited all Network members to submit a paper for the Special Issue of Social Sciences entitled "Impact of the Interactive Learning Environments on Children and Youth Socialization". (January 2020)
  • Robyn Henderson, co-convener, has just invited all Network members to submit abstract proposals for the Special Issue of the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education on ‘Connecting with rural educational research’. (September 2020)


Members published books, papers and reports.  These included:

  • Books

Co-convenors, Cath Gristy, Linda Hargreaves and Silvie Rita Kučerová co-edited the book entitled ’Educational Research and Schooling in Rural Europe: An Engagement with Changing Patterns of Education, Space and Place ‘, IAP – Information Age Publishing.This book has its grounding in ourNetwork activities and benefitted from EERA support.

Several people active in our network were engaged in the process of putting the following book together, including Loizos Symeou, co-convener and Eva Gonçalves, reviewer

Paseka, Angelika & Byrne, Delma (Eds) (2019): Parental Involvement Across European Education Systems. Critical Perspectives. London: Routledge.

  • Among reports

Raquel-Amaya Martínez González, co-convener, contributed to the report entitled A Best Practice Guide on Positive Parenting published by the Spanish Ministry

  • Among papers

Levelling the playing field between rural schools and urban schools in a HE context: a Scottish case study and co-written by link convener, Laurene Lasselle, and Mike Johnson has just been published by the British Educational Research Journal.

Raquel-Amaya Martínez González, co-convener, contributed to the special issue of the journal AULA ABIERTA from Oviedo University (2019), with international studies on School-Family-Community Partnership can be find at:  

Future Plans

Our Network would like to continue to develop our community through virtual meetings over the coming months. These meetings would aim at pursuing the exchange and the development of research ideas. One of these virtual meetings could be dedicated to early career researchers; another one could be related to the Network 14 Special Call. There was a sense that the Network could prepare a funding bid to facilitate these virtual meetings. Finally, there was a desire to contribute to the EERA blog.

NW 14 runs a mailing list and invites researchers to join. To join the mailing list, send a blank message to nw14-subscribe(at)

Interview with Link Convenor 2019