A research finding by the management of the Teacher Tapp indicates that most of the final year students returning to school will have educational, mental, and physical needs that teachers will need to deal with.
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“All of these needs are important, but it is impossible for schools to prioritize dealing with all three of them. For example, choosing to focus on catching students up on lost learning may involve having to keep all students in one room so that they can be taught by an expert teacher, even though this makes it easier for infection to spread. Equally, wanting to control the spread of the infection may require all students to wear masks even though it may be distressing and damaging for their mental health”.
Interestingly, the findings indicated that dealing with issues of student mental health and wellbeing was a priority for only 1 in 5 teachers. This may be due to pending exams for the majority of returning students. It may also help with protecting students against bad mental health in the long term.
If students do not catch up on learning to perform adequately in these exams, then a poor set of exam results could cause more negative mental health.
Equally, it may be due to schools lacking the resources or training to deal effectively with mental health as a priority. Let the management know what explains this difference at firstname.lastname@example.org
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