Coronavirus Update

During the past 12 months, CEN has become increasingly concerned about the impact of the national lockdowns on our children's education and learning and as a result, we are asking you to take part in a survey. 

Your responses will help us  to adapt our services in order to better support parents and their child/ren during this current climate and over the coming months as this survey questionnaire seeks to understand the extent of the impact that the past year has had on your child's education and learning. 

 Please be reassured that full confidentiality is assured and that at no time will we identify respondents by name or in any way that would identify who they are.

 The survey should not take more than 8 minutes to complete and we thank you for your participation. 

To access the questionnaire, please click here.

"More people have experienced a mental health crisis during the coronavirus pandemic than ever previously recorded.." – Mind

Emotional and mental well-being struggles continue with data showing that 60% of UK adults believe the pandemic and lockdown restrictions have had a negative impact on their mental health.

If this is the case for adults, then we can only wonder as to how the past year has affected young people as the results will not be instant and in fact, may not be known for many years; children are often unable to recognize the event that initiates a mental health crisis as this information often takes time to reveal itself – if ever. Like many adults, children rarely self-identify as suffering from mental health issues and even less frequently request help. 

Any study of behaviour concludes that all behaviour is a form of communication. However, some of us are less articulate than others and haven’t found a way to communicate the feelings that we are experiencing. This can be the case for both adults as well as children and for many, behaviour is their only means of communicating a variety of emotions, including fear, anxiety and depression. We would never consider reacting to anyone who is depressed by isolating them from their peers and removing them from their right to be educated which, according to Article 28  of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that all children have a right to an education, is a basic human right.

Yet despite what the data on mental health shows, concern for children’s mental health - particularly in the wake of the past year - appears to be far from the minds of many Head teachers when excluding children and, although the DfE statistics on the total number of pupils who are excluded from school for this year will not be published until July 2021, if CEN’s caseload following the most recent lockdown is anything to go by, it would appear to be the case that schools are excluding children with the same enthusiasm as was the case pre-Covid-19.

With kind regards,

Jenn Lewis and the CEN team