For Parents

As a DREAMS participant, your child is a part of our diverse participant group of >7000 students sharing about what it’s like to be a secondary school student in Singapore.

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Your Role

The DREAMS research team sincerely thanks you, your child, and your child’s teachers for sharing about what it’s like to be a secondary school student in Singapore. Without you, this study wouldn’t be possible.

What can I expect for my child as a DREAMS participant?

  • Your child will be allocated time during school hours* to complete 2 surveys per year throughout your secondary education. They will receive a $10 voucher the following year for completing the surveys as a thank you from us. 
  • Your child may be invited for additional follow-up interview sessions in Term 4.

What is my role as a parent?

  • You will also be invited to complete 1 annual survey which will be sent via Parents Gateway* in Term 3. 
  • You may be invited for additional follow-up interview sessions in Term 4.

What else can I/my child do as a DREAMS participant?

  • Follow us on Instagram for regular project updates and findings.
  • Join our parent webinar in September (details coming soon)
  • Read more about DREAMS here

* Note: If your child is participating in Study 5 of DREAMS (which involves the participants of the SKIP and SKIP-Up cohorts), surveys will either be sent directly to the email you provided on the consent form or delivered to you as hardcopy.

2024 Overview

Term 2

Tokens of appreciation/voucher distribution by DREAMS research team

Term 3 - 4

Survey distribution

  • Students will be distributed 2 surveys during school hours
  • Parents will be invited to complete a survey via Parents Gateway
  • Some students and parents may be invited to complete additional surveys and/or attend a follow-up interview session

Tip Sheets for Parents

Frequently Asked Questions

We will regularly share our study findings through various channels (eg. tip sheets, blog posts, social media updates, academic publications, and presentations etc.) throughout the duration of the study. The best way to stay up to date is by following us on Instagram or Facebook.

The DREAMS research team takes our responsibility as guardians of participants’ information very seriously. We have several procedures in place to keep your data and privacy secure and protected.

DREAMS has approval and oversight from the NTU Institutional Review Board (IRB), ensuring compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). The NTU-IRB ensures the protection of human subjects involved in research studies by maintaining the highest levels of research ethics and integrity.

Your participation in this research will be kept confidential. Identifying information (e.g., name, last 4 characters of NRIC, e-mail address) will be asked to ensure the accuracy of our records, for linking of data collected at different time points, and for contacting you. Identifying information is removed and replaced with a random numeric ID to ensure anonymity before it is transferred to our research team for analysis, where everyone’s answers are combined and reported as aggregates.

The findings of this study may be reported in scientific presentations and reports, as well as social and broadcast media. Your identity will NOT be reflected or disclosed in these presentations, reports, and publications.

This study is run by the National Institute of Education commissioned by the Ministry of Education

Opting out of any surveys will not affect your relationship with the National Institute of Education or Ministry of Education or impact any ongoing assessment/grades. You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.

Your child was invited to this study either as a part of the 2023 Secondary 1 cohort of one of the 28 schools selected for this study, or as a current participant of the SKIP(-UP) study.