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Ideas to support staff and pupil wellbeing at the time of Covid

As the Covid-19 pandemic rumbles on, the emotional impact for both teachers and students continues to be a huge cause for concern. Matt Bromley considers some practical strategies we can employ to offer support in the coming months

More than half of teachers say that their mental health has declined as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown and wider pandemic.

A report from teacher wellbeing charity Education Support (2020) included a survey of more than 3,000 teachers from all types of school and found that 52 per cent have seen a decline in mental health or wellbeing.

And the issue is not only affecting staff, of course. A wealth of research in the past six months, much of it reported in Headteacher Update, has highlighted the threats to students’ wellbeing since the first national lockdown in March.

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