What About Them?

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With the recent change to the way that teaching and learning is taking place now in the UK, it’s about time we addressed the students of the nation. 

Whether you’re at primary school, secondary school, college, or university, there’s no doubt, as a student the impacts of online learning are not all that great. 

With primary school children already having missed so much of their education in the 2019-20 academic year, are the long-term consequences this may have on the next generations mental health really being thought about?

As a trainee teacher, I have seen first-hand the impacts so much time off school has had on the children’s mental health. But the impact doesn’t stop there. It doesn’t matter what level of education you are in, there are undoubtedly going to be impacts felt by everyone. This may be because you thrive from face-to-face teaching and cannot get the support you need at home, or even because you aren’t getting that social contact on a daily basis that we naturally need as human beings. 

As educational settings are closed for what appears to be an indefinite amount of time, it is unspeakable what the damage may be on the next generation of graduates and pupils. Understandably, there are undeniable risks and uncertainties with the new strain of the virus, but was it time the government addressed students for the sacrifices on their education during this pandemic?

University students all over the UK have been up in arms about their university fees and the lack of value for money they are receiving both last and this academic year. One petition even got taken to parliament to be discussed amongst MP’s. 

Online learning has become the new norm for students. But for some students, this kind of learning may not be accessible. Many primary school age students need their teacher’s presence to be able to work efficiently, and for some, to even work at all. For practical, university courses such as the arts, online teaching will only hinder the progress of a student. Online learning simply cannot promote achievement among students.

With the pandemic almost a year in, and online teaching not looking like it’s going to budge. It’s important for all students to remember, you are not alone and we will get through this. 

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