Lewisham Charity Launch Report into Student and Teacher Mental Health
Paradigm Project, based in the Stephen Lawrence Centre, aim to “create a paradigm shift in the way young people’s needs are addressed”. To help make this shift a reality, they are launching the Bridge the Gap report on June 18th 2021 with the aim of measuring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Year 7 students and their teachers.
Key Findings from the Report
- 32.2% of teachers felt that their safety had not been considered
- 15% felt afraid to leave their house
- 82.1% of students felt Covid-19 was a very serious issue
- 72.8% of student reported being unable to spend time with their friends as being one of their top three concerns
- 55.5% worried about the long-term impact of Covid-19 on their education
- 25.1% of children do not feel comfortable with speaking to someone about their mental health
- 36.4% of children are struggling with the amount of schoolwork they must complete
- 20% of students surveyed met the cut-off for depression
Celebrating Teachers’ Contributions
As well as addressing the needs identified in this report, Paradigm Project also aim to celebrate the contributions of teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic by hosting an awards evening for them on June 7th.
These teachers include Stephen, who, during the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdowns:
- Ensured disadvantaged students received supermarket vouchers from the first day of lockdown on March 20th 2020 and every week they were not in school, including in the autumn term when some students were sent home to isolate themselves.
- Oversaw the collection and delivery of fortnightly breakfast boxes to hundreds of families during national lockdowns.
- Coordinated the collection and delivery of laptops, routers, dongles, sim cards to hundreds of St Michael’s students so they could access remote learning. He also made several bids to charities to secure funding to buy devices for disadvantaged students.
- Put together and sent out over 900 packs of ashes and prayer cards so students, staff, and their families could mark Ash Wednesday at home in February 2021
- Presented all students and staff with palms and prayer cards so they could mark Palm Sunday at home in March 2021
- Organised and promoted regular remote from-home competitions, e.g., Bake-off, Poetry, Art, Stephen Lawrence Day Celebrations, alongside wellbeing challenges to keep students motivated during lockdowns and periods of isolation and foster college values and community spirit