Monday, 31 Aug 2020

Anxiety rising in primary students: COVID-19

Anxiety is increasing among primary school aged children during COVID-19, teachers report, highlighting the need for more health and wellbeing support in schools.

Schools are noticing increasing anxiety, misbehaviour and conflict with friends as students struggle with the disruption and changes to education.

Making news this month, principals and teachers say there is less joy at school, exacerbated by the lack of assemblies to build school spirit, or excursions and camps to look forward to.

Life Education supports more than 700,000 Australian students each year with face-to-face and online health and wellbeing education, including resilience-building skills.

“In these uncertain times, the delivery of our program has never been more important,” Life Education NSW & ACT CEO Jonathon Peatfield said.

“Students are struggling to make sense of recent disruptions and changes to their learning environment. Time away from the classroom has made it difficult for children to maintain friendships.  We need to support them by giving them the skills they need to foster resilience, bolster their health and wellbeing, and build healthy relationships.

“During COVID-19, we quickly adapted our program to an online learning environment to support children when we couldn’t visit them face-to-face.

“Now that we are allowed back in school with the help of COVID safe planning, we are establishing a suite of additional touchpoints including face-to-face teaching, online and virtual delivery, and extra parent and teacher resources.

Our aim is to increase our support to children, schools and families and bring them some joy during these tough times

Life Education NSW & ACT CEO Jonathon Peatfield

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