The SecEd Podcast: Supporting students with Long Covid

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

At least 250,000 children and young people are living with Long Covid, including an estimated 4.8% of secondary-age students. This episode looks at the implications for secondary schools and what we can do to support these students both academically and pastorally

Our experts outline the many and varied symptoms of Long Covid and discuss the impact they can have on the sufferer’s learning and education, wellbeing and mental health.

We offer ideas and interventions – big and small – to address these issues and support pupils suffering from this often-debilitating illness in the classroom and beyond.

We discuss lots of practical ideas and tips relevant to anyone working with young people in schools.

This episode delves deeper into the themes outlined in two recent best practice articles published in SecEd in conjunction with the charity Long Covid Kids. Find these here.

This episode was hosted by SecEd editor Pete Henshaw and the guests were:

  • Matt Alexander is headteacher of Reigate School in Surrey, an 11-16 community comprehensive school with more than 1,200 students on roll.
  • Dr Sue Peters is an educational psychologist working with the charity Long Covid Kids & Friends and who worked on its recent guidance for schools, Shining a light on Long Covid in children: A guide to recognition, support, and recovery. For details, visit or follow @LongCovidKids

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