Friday 9 April 2021 / 7:56 AM Education / Kate Green

Kate Green responds to the NEU’s State of Education survey on mental health issues among children and young people

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to the National Education Union’s State of Education survey showing 78% of teachers reported an increase in mental health issues among children and young people over the last year, said:

“The pressure the Conservatives are putting on children to ‘catch-up’ academically ignores the crucial role mental health and wellbeing play in children’s learning and development.

“The pandemic has exacerbated a decade of Conservative failure, with more families struggling to pay the bills and living in insecure housing, while specialist mental health support has been cut.

“Labour’s Bright Future Taskforce would put wellbeing at the heart of a national strategy to ensure every child recovers from the pandemic and is supported to reach their full potential.”