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Pupils in coastal schools appear to be suffering more commonly pupils. Seven in 10 (68%) primary leaders and almost eight in 10 (77%) than their inland peers: 57% of coastal school leaders have seen secondary leaders believe that these changes have had a negative an increase in pupil self-harm compared to 43% of those in inland impact on pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. schools. Fear of the future among pupils appears to be more dominant in coastal regions also, where 58% of school leaders think it has increased, alongside 46% of leaders in inl and schools. 57% of coastal school leaders have seen an increase in pupil self-harm compared to 43% of those inland. Percentage of school leaders, by phase, who think changes to the curriculum and school performance measures over the past two years have negatively affected their pupils’ mental health and wellbeing: 68% 77% Primary Secondary Health impact of curriculum, assessment and accountability While there may be many and varied reasons for these increases, Alongside this, we see a more prevalent fear of the future: 45% of there are clear signs that the school system is having an impact on primary leaders and 59% of secondary leaders believe this to be more pupil mental health and wellbeing. widespread among their pupils than two years ago. Three-quarters (75%) of all school leaders say they’ve seen an increase Uncertainty around the in fear of academic failure among their pupils over the past two years, national assessment system, with little difference between primary and secondary settings. School how well future employers leaders believe that changes to the curriculum and school performance understand it, and events on measures, which have largely taken effect in the course of the last two the world stage might well years, are not only causing challenges for them but also affecting their be playing into these fears. FIND FURTHER INSIGHTS: WWW.THEKEYSUPPORT.COM/BLOG “An increase in issues with the emotional health of young people has coincided with a wholesale change in the curriculum and a lack of funding to support that curriculum change.” School leader PAGE 25