As another lockdown draws to a close, we begin to think about the challenges that our young people face when returning to the classroom after months of online learning.

The Government has once again stated that the risk of COVID-19 to children is low, and that the return to the classroom is crucial in order to get students in an environment that helps nurture their future.

Although the social-distancing guidelines have stayed relatively the same since the return to school in September, what many children are finding difficult to deal with is their mental health. 75% of young people have reported that the January 2021 lockdown has been harder to cope with than the previous ones, with 67% believing that the pandemic will have a long-term effect on their mental health.

Schools and teachers have been putting in effort in order to support students who have fallen behind due to the problems caused by online learning; lack of concentration, lethargy and depression do not disappear once a child is back in the classroom. Catch-up sessions and one-to-one interventions are some of the methods currently being employed by schools in order to support students who feel as though their time learning from home has caused them to fall behind. These sessions are invaluable to students and give them opportunity to spend quality time with their teachers in order to focus on areas they personally find difficult without the embarrassment of other students, or the fear of being forgotten in a classroom with twenty other pupils.

What can I do to help my child?

It’s important that you recognise these behavioural changes and understand that returning to classroom amongst further changes to their education will take a toll on them, even if you don’t think it has. If you are unsure about the symptoms of mental health issues in children, contact your GP or local mental heath charity, such as Young Minds.

Reassure your child and let them know that the support sessions being provided to the school are not in place to undermine their academic abilities, but to improve them.

After weeks of being sat in-front of screens, it is more important than ever that children spend quality time outdoors. Having a physical outlet has been proven to improve mental health, it also allows them to burn any excess energy that may have built up. Many community leisure centres are now running outdoor activities that the whole family can get involved in, increasing family time without being confined to your living space.

How can private tuition help my child?

If the pandemic has made you question whether now is right time to move to home education, or if your child needs support alongside their school-provided education, Think Tutors is ready to help. The changes that children have had to face over the past year may have left them feeling anxious about their future, or disinterested with their studies, a mentor will be able to provide academic assistance as well as guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modelling.

Tuition, which can take place face-to-face or online, can help fill the gaps which may have occurred during the time away from the classroom. Private tuition has the benefit of both flexible and convenient, with a thorough consultancy process ensuring you and your child find a tutor that meets all your desired requirements. Our tutors are trained to deal with any further educational issues that may arise due to the pandemic and will support your child both academically and emotionally.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about private tuition to support your child’s learning, please contact the Think Tutors team at info@thinktutors.com.