Teacher perceptions of mental health provision in secondary schools during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Doyle, M. and Thomas, M. 2022. Teacher perceptions of mental health provision in secondary schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. Research in Teacher Education. 12 (1), pp. 12-19. https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.8xvyw
AuthorsDoyle, M. and Thomas, M.
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This study explored teachers' perceptions of pupils' social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, and facilitating factors for provision following the Covid-19 pandemic. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with UK secondary school teachers (n = 15). Thematic analysis (TA; Braun & Clarke 2013) was used to explore the data. Teachers recognised a deterioration in student SEMH, and reduced accessibility to targeted and whole-school SEMH provision due to newly implemented safety measures. Teachers felt a responsibility to identify needs (SEMH) but lacked the confidence, training and curriculum time to facilitate provision. Socio-economic barriers outside school left teachers feeling a lack of autonomy in managing SEMH. This highlights the need to improve training and funding if teachers are to assist effectively.

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Journal citation12 (1), pp. 12-19
ISSN2046-1240
2047-3818
Year2022
PublisherThe School of Education and Communities, University of East London
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