A total of 1,473 parents and 121 children and young people participated in Barnardos’ annual Back to School Survey, which took place during June and July 2021.
The survey responses showed that while children are largely looking forward to returning to school in September, the majority of parents still have concerns about their children’s development, in particular educational, emotional and social. In addition, the survey results highlight the level of adversity families faced over the past twelve months, including increased mental health issues, financial concerns, isolation and lack of social support.
‘My 7-year-old has had a total of 18 months desk time in front of a teacher. They’re behind 7 months of time and a year of actual learning. They need another year of catch up.’
(Parent, Barnardos Back to School Survey 2021)
‘My child suffers terribly with anxiety & doesn’t like to leave the house for anything! It’s like ww3 to go for a walk! On returning to school last April, his anxiety was manifesting in physical.’
(Secondary School Parent, Barnardos Back to School Survey 2021)