Help us learn more about quiet students’ experiences of secondary schools

You can help if you have been a student at, or worked in any role within, a UK Secondary School.

We’re researching quiet students’ experiences within UK secondary schools, with the aim of collecting enough data to better understand and raise awareness about the challenges that quiet students in schools face, with the intention of helping to create more positive experiences for quieter students.

You can help if you once were (or currently are) a quieter student OR a staff member at a UK Secondary School by filling in a survey below (it doesn’t matter how long ago you were at the school):

Who is leading the research?

The project is led by our brilliant Ellie, volunteer Quiet Connector at our Liskeard Meet Up who has joined us for her summer internship as part of her BSc Psychology at The University of Exeter.

Ellie says: “As a quieter, more introverted student myself who has struggled with social anxiety and peer relationships in school, this is particularly important to me. I want to learn how other students’ experiences are similar or differ from my own, and to understand what helps quieter students to feel comfortable and accepted for who they are.

As a result of completing this research and gaining greater insight into the needs and factors that impact the wellbeing of quieter students, I intend to carry out future research to explore positive interventions to better support quiet students in secondary schools.”

Take the survey here:

Thanks in advance, we’re grateful for your help. 


  • Hayley Stanton

    Hi, I’m Hayley - the original quieteer. I, too, identify as a quiet person. I’m naturally a highly sensitive introvert and I love and appreciate my quiet strengths now, but I spent much of my life not feeling good enough and experiencing social anxiety. I missed so many opportunities because I was afraid of being judged harshly, criticised and rejected – and because I doubted that I had the ‘right’ personality to succeed. Quiet Connections exists in part because I had a fantastic coach who helped me to work through old patterns of keeping myself small and hidden so that I could show up and be seen to play my part in creating the more connected, curious and compassionate world that I dream of. Now, I’m passionate about helping quiet people discover their unique qualities, gifts, passions and experiences and explore how best to use these to express themselves more authentically and contribute to the world in a way that works with their quieter or more sensitive nature. Get to know me here.

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