Important dates
Participating schools
The VCs
Preparing for the survey

Four secondary schools in the UK are working with a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge on a research project which will contribute to our understanding of how diseases spread in a population.

This project follows on from a successful project run in the school years 2007-08 and 2008-09, in which students contributed to research on the mixing patterns of primary school children.  Link to resources developed during this project.

Between November 2011 and July 2012, Year 9 (13-14 year-old) students will find out about how diseases are transmitted, and will investigate simple epidemiology models.  They will pilot and carry out a survey to collect data on the movement patterns of school-age children, and will analyse their data to see how it helps researchers build up better models.

We hope that students will be able to use their participation in this project to work towards a CREST Award (more information).

The research team and the students will meet mainly by videoconference, plus a visit from the research team to each school during the analysis phase.

The Schools

Important Dates

  • Teacher briefing: 22 November 2011, 3.45pm
  • VC1: December 7, 2011, 10.15am
  • VC2: February 10, 10.15am
  • VC3: March 23, 10.15am
  • VC4: May 8, 10.15am
  • VC5: June 27, 10.15am
We intend to make a visit to each school between VC4 and VC5.

The VCs



Preparing for the main survey