Impact of COVID-19 on teaching in Australia and New Zealand

We surveyed over 3500 educators in Australia and New Zealand to understand how teaching and learning has changed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Socioeconomic disparities in Australian schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic

The impact of COVID-19 has affected us all, but the impact on schools in economically disadvantaged areas has been significant in comparison. 

We surveyed educators from over 10% of Australian schools on their experience of online teaching and learning due to COVID-19 and are publishing our findings in an effort to create effective action.

Join us for our live webinar with leading experts in education and equity as we discuss our findings and how we can address this great equity divide.

Key insights

With over 3500 educators responding, some highlights of the research include:
  • 80% of educators
    Believe students will need extra instructional support when they get back to the physical classroom
  • 70% of teachers
    Say their planning and preparation time has increased
  • >50% of educators
    Feel confident that online learning can meet the needs of students

State of Education Whitepaper

Educator perspectives on the impact of COVID19 on teaching and learning in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia’s Technology Ecosystem During COVID-19

The Australian education system saw a great shift in the use of technology due to COVID-19. Educator’s found technology was a key factor in shaping their experiences in shifting to online teaching.

Feedback matters more now than ever

The majority of schools in Australia and New Zealand have moved to a partial or fully remote learning. We asked 38 questions to gauge what is really happening in schools across the region. We were able to gather feedback on what teachers and school leaders are most concerned about, the impact on students, technology usage, what is most critical to the success of online learning, and how teaching has changed.


Explore the evolving nature of education with our EDUCATION. REDEFINED. webinar series. These bite-sized sessions will provide you with actionable strategies and interactive conversations with educational leaders. 

Student Engagement

Join us for the top tips on engagement through content, with students, and peer collaboration. Walk away with practical things you can do to help students flourish online, and as we return to the classroom. 

Student Wellbeing

Wednesday 20th May, 6:30pm AEST

Student wellbeing is a top concern of educators. Hear from wellbeing experts about how to best support students as they move back into the classroom. Joined by special guest Simon Mann, Education Consultant. 

Teacher Wellbeing

Thursday 21st May, 6:30pm AEST

Our experts come together to discuss self and team care. Joined by special guest Pete Stebbins, Leadership and Team Development expert with over 20 years experience, helping 1657 education leaders in the last 4 years.

Online Pedagogies

Wednesday 27th May, 6:30pm AEST

Explore how to meaningfully harness technology to improve student outcomes by looking at differentiation, flipping the classroom, and blended learning. 

Student Feedback

Wednesday 3rd June, 6:30pm AEST

Research shows that we need to prioritise student feedback. Discover practice ways educators can gather student feedback to inform the next steps and their professional development. 

The Student Voice

Wednesday 10th June, 6:30pm AEST

We need to listen to what students are telling us. We are giving the students the opportunity to contribute to the conversation on the transforming nature of education.

Hear the Discussion

Our Professional Learning Series hosted between 28th April - 1st May 2020 had over 1500 registrations and over 800 attendees. Each session showcased industry-leading experts as they provided advice and recommendations that could be implemented straight away.

State of Education Launch

Join our official launch and discussion on the key findings from our State of Education research from over 3500 educator responses.

For School Leaders

Your teachers have been through a lot. Our panel will consider what good leadership looks like over the coming weeks and months, and share concrete suggestions to support your team.

For Teachers

After the rapid upheaval of the previous few months, we will take a pause and reflect. We may not know exactly what is coming next or when, but we know what our students need. Join us with a panel of experts to discuss strategies for what comes next.

What Comes Next: The Future of Education

We have learnt a lot in this rapid shift to distance education, but it has also had an impact on both teachers and students. So what kind of additional support might schools need? We will also discuss the indispensable role of teachers alongside technology and ask how we can use recent experiences to build better classrooms.

The resources you need

Adjusting to distance education? Our free COVID-19 Resource Bank provides a wealth of resources to aid in your transition.

Further Information

  • Why did we do this research?

    Pivot, in partnership with Education Perfect, aims to identify and provide essential resources and information that educators need during the transition to distance learning. We understand that these are unprecedented times and want to support our education communities to find innovative solutions to improve distance teaching and learning.
  • Why does it matter?

    As organisations focused on improving teaching and learning, we know how important gathering actionable data is right now. There is no singular approach or solution to distance learning, so our goal is to provide feedback and insights for the larger education community on the impacts of COVID-19 on teaching. and learning.
  • Who did we survey?

    The Impact of COVID-19 on Teaching Survey was open to school leaders and teachers from the Australia and New Zealand region between April 9th to April 13th 2020. A total of 3556 responses were collected during this time, representing all states in Australia and regions of New Zealand. Respondents cover all grade levels, domain areas and levels of experience.
  • What is to come?

    We are continuing our research into the impact of distance education on students and their families. The aim is to increase understanding of the impact distance learning has had on our schools.

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