Henry Hepburn

Pupils are in a hard place. Schools must be their rock

Covid has had a profound effect on so many students. What they need now is the consistency, routine and kindness that teachers and schools can offer

Pupils are in a hard place. Schools must be their rock

Being in school just now can feel a little strange, observed one teacher in a piece on tes.com last weekend. Pupils have come back – but they seem changed. We’re not just talking growth spurts and facial hair; it’s something about their demeanour.

The piece was by primary headteacher Susan Ward, who reflected on why previously quiet children could be found “swinging from the light fittings”, why some who walked with a swagger pre-Covid have become shrinking violets, and why some once-stoic pupils succumb to tears when they can’t find the right colour of crayon.

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