In isolation instead of in school: Young people’s experiences of COVID-19 and effects on mental health and education

Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID), University of Edinburgh (16.03.21)

In isolation instead of in school (INISS) is a study asking young people from every Scottish community to share their experiences of COVID-19, and the effects of school closures and national exam cancellations on mental health and wellbeing. It is well known that schools provide structure and safety, particularly to vulnerable children and young people. School closures impact all young people, but are likely to place vulnerable young people at further risk of mental ill-health. This research provides vital national data directly from pupils, to assess impacts on mental health and education. It contextualises pupils’ experiences within data on COVID-19 prevalence, health patterns and trends, and against educational achievement outcomes data, to inform interventions and policymaking.