Increasing mental health, socialisation, and speech problems among pupils

Poor pupil mental health is now prevalent in schools compared to pre-pandemic with teachers also seeing increased problems with socialisation and speech and language development.

A survey involving 1,800 teachers across primary and secondary schools in England finds that 90% report increased problems with mental health among children. This includes 68% of secondary respondents and 40% of primary respondents.

Furthermore, 90% report increased issues with socialisation since the pandemic took hold. This includes 59% of primary respondents and 47% of the secondary teachers.

And 72% are seeing increased problems with speech and language delay, which is a much bigger problem for primary colleagues (49%) than for secondary schools (15%).

The survey reveals a large gap between what the teachers feel is necessary to tackle the increasing issue and what schools are delivering, much of which is being constrained by budgets.

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