COVID: Catch-up narrative putting ‘huge pressure’ on children, psychologists say

The idea that children must “catch up” with learning lost due to the pandemic is heaping “huge” pressure on them, educational psychologists have warned.

Many pupils have missed out on months of face-to-face teaching, and the British Prime Minister has appointed a catch-up tsar to lead educational recovery in England.

But the British Psychological Society says children’s wellbeing, rather than their learning, should be the focus.

Schools in the UK are expected to reopen on March 8.

The government said it was funding support for pupils’ mental wellbeing. Johnson has previously said that “no child will be left behind” because of the pandemic, and has appointed an education recovery commissioner to oversee how England’s schools can catch up from the disruption caused by the pandemic.

But teachers have warned against “misconceived and unhelpful” suggestions about longer schools days and shorter holidays to help pupils catch-up.

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