The Covid pandemic has had such an impact on pupils’ mental health that many are suffering from low confidence and higher levels of anxiety, a new report from Scotland’s schools inspectorate has found.  

The health and wellbeing review published this week also says that uncertainty over the exams has increased pressure on senior pupils; that attendance is “a constant challenge” for schools; and that pupils are needing more support from school staff to manage their emotions and friendships.

They found that almost all the schools and services “identify a greater number of children and young people who require support from specialist agencies and partners for their mental and emotional wellbeing”, including “support with emotional regulation, distressed behaviours and loss and bereavement”.

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