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Dr David Coleman: There are more important things for kids to catch up on than just academic learning this summer

Though some may benefit from summer tuition, school closures affected children’s social, emotional and psychological education too

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Children missed out on social and emotional learning when schools closed during the pandemic. Picture posed

Children missed out on social and emotional learning when schools closed during the pandemic. Picture posed

Children missed out on social and emotional learning when schools closed during the pandemic. Picture posed

As the school year draws to a close, some families may worry that their child or children have been disadvantaged by all the school disruptions during the pandemic. Some parents may now be wondering if they need to arrange additional educational input for their child over the summer.

When I last wrote about the impact of school closures, about five months ago, I reported on a large systematic review that had been conducted looking at literature that was available up to 2020, incorporating the first lockdown. That review concluded that children and teenagers did experience adverse impacts to their emotional, psychological, and general physical wellbeing.


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