The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in fundamental changes to the lives of children and young people.
Some children and young people, especially those with certain characteristics, such as those who are disadvantaged economically, females, and those with pre-existing mental health needs, appear to have experienced greater negative impacts on their mental health and wellbeing (Public Health England, 2021).
Several studies reported an increase in depressive and anxious symptoms, and anger in children (Bignardi et al., 2020; Cost et al. 2021; Zainel et al. 2021).
Schools and colleges have an important role to play in supporting the mental health and well-being of their pupils and students, by developing approaches tailored to the particular needs of their pupils and students. Taking a coordinated and evidence-informed approach to mental health and well-being in schools and colleges can also help foster readiness to learn.