On average, almost four in ten across 29 countries (a global country average of 37%), think worse mental health and wellbeing among children and young people will be a long-lasting outcome of the pandemic, according to new global study from Ipsos.
Over a third (a global country average of 35%) also believe that children will be unable to make up for missed formal education resulting in worse qualifications. Despite this, six in ten on average across the 29 countries (62%) think school closures are or were an acceptable price to pay to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, while around a quarter (a global country average of 27%) think primary and secondary should be a priority area for public spending after the pandemic, after healthcare and social security/financial support.
Key results in Great Britain
- 4 in 10 Britons (38%) believe maintaining focus and concentration on schoolwork will be the biggest issue facing children up to 11, 3 in 10 (31%) believe it will be maintaining good behaviour and discipline or reintegrating with other pupils, teachers and school staff (30%).
- These issues are also the top three predicted issues for children aged 12-15 and 16-18
- Almost half (45%) predict worse mental health and wellbeing to be the longest lasting outcome of the pandemic, a third (34%) believe it will be underdeveloped social skills or issues with self-esteem while 32% worry about children being unable to make up for missed formal education
- Despite concerns, almost 7 in 10 (68%) of Britons say school closures are/wear acceptable, only 16% disagree
- 4 in 10 (40%) say support for families who need it to fund uniforms, books, transport and other necessary expenses is most important to improving access to education in Britain in the aftermath of COVID-19
- A similar proportion (37%) believe funding for computers, laptops or tablets is key to improving access while a third (34%) say direct investment in schools to cover maintenance costs is the most important
- 6 in 10 say public healthcare should be the priority for public spending in the aftermath of the pandemic (59%), social security and financial support (32%) and primary and secondary education (29%) completed Britain’s top three priority areas
Kelly Beaver, Managing Director of Public Affairs at Ipsos MORI said:
“Children and young people have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. School children have missed months of formal education and on vital social interaction with their peers. Whilst older children and young adults have missed out on the opportunity to experience face-to-face further education or delays in starting a career. This will undoubtedly have impacted many of them considerably and only time will tell the lasting impacts of this. When we do enter the recovery period, it is clear that the public place education in their list of priorities for spending, along with wider public spending and social security/financial support.”