Hidden Educational Challenges during the Pandemic: The impact of COVID-19 on pupil behaviour

Published On: 20 September 2021

As an organisation supporting a wide variety of educational settings, Team Teach has surveyed staff and trainers views regarding the key challenges they have faced throughout the pandemic.

The survey reveals the negative impact the pandemic has had on pupil behaviour and highlights new and emerging behaviour trends that have emerged as a result.

With over 20 years experience, Team Teach would be delighted to share our experiences and lessons learnt to support the Government and education system in developing solutions to tackle the impact of COVID-19 – reducing the effects to the disadvantage gap, increasing outcomes for pupils, and mitigating teacher concerns about pupil behaviour and safety.

Insights from the sector

Has COVID had a negative impact on pupil behaviour?

Almost 70% of responses highlighted that COVID-19 has negatively impacted pupil behaviour.

The pandemic has led to a number of behaviour trends, with responses outlining that there has been an increase in:

  • Anxiety driven behaviour
  • Isolation / loss of social skills
  • Lack of engagement
  • Poor mental health

“We have witnessed more anxiety, more self-harming behaviours”

“Many pupils on return to school are struggling with being back at school, some have refused to re-engage with schools. These pupils have become more self-directed and seek higher need to control their environment and interactions requiring additional support to be put in place”

“Deterioration in mental health wellbeing due to lack of opportunities and positive stimulation”

You can read the full report Hidden-Educational-Challenges-during-the-Pandemic-The-impact-of-COVID-19-on-pupil-behaviour.pdffor free here.