9,000 students across the UK have already taken a Covid-19 Homeschool survey to help their schools understand how they are coping.
The findings have been very revealing. Amongst the numerous insights, feelings of loneliness are widespread, and daily excercise & healthy eating declines with age.
The full report is available at SchoolDash here
Here is a summary of the findings.
- Daily exercise and healthy eating decline with age. Among pupils in Years 10-12, 40% or more reported taking less than 30 minutes exercise a day.
- Feelings of loneliness are widespread, especially among older pupils. Up to Year 8, around a third of respondents report feeling lonely “a bit” or “very often”, but for Years 12 and 13 this proportion was more than half, with 20-25% saying that they “very often” feel lonely. Based on these responses, we estimate that 800,000-900,000 pupils at state schools in England may be feeling lonely “very often”.
- Secondary pupils are much more likely to say that their school has not provided sufficient wellbeing and mental-health support, with around 20% of respondents in Years 9-12 saying “not really” or “not at all”. This compares to around 30% who say that they get plenty of support.
- About 70% of all year groups report feeling bored “a bit” or “very often”. Among secondary school pupils, over 30% report feeling bored “very often”.
- Overall life satisfaction appears to have declined compared to surveys conducted before the lockdown, especially among boys.
- For secondary pupils, overall life satisfaction correlates most strongly with (absence of) loneliness. Among primary pupils, feeling comfortable at home was the most significant factor.