Parentkind is asking the official UK Covid-19 Inquiry to widen its scope to examine a worsening mental health crisis among young people and significant parental concern about their children’s lost learning.
Parentkind’s call to action echoes that of Education Select Committee chair Robert Halfon MP, who co-signed a letter to the Times calling on the Inquiry to take a broader view. It also draws on findings from Ofsted’s recently-published spring 2022 education recovery report which acknowledges the profound damage long periods out of the classroom have had on children’s learning and wellbeing.
Parentkind’s coronavirus parent surveys tracked parental opinion throughout the pandemic from the moment schools were closed to most children, right up to their universal re-opening.
A poll taken in February 2021 found that the top three challenges for parents were:
- motivating their child to do their schoolwork (36%)
- managing their child’s mental health and well-being (32%)
- juggling work and schooling (30%)
As many as 44% of the same respondents reported a negative impact to their own mental health caused by the remote learning arrangements.