Back in 2019 when I embarked on my journey to undertake a PhD in psychology and education at the University of Cambridge, I set out to research the complex relationship between children’s psychological wellbeing and their academic attainment. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and magnified this relationship in ways I could never have imagined. Young people’s – no, all people’s – mental wellbeing was truly tested. The uncertainty around the future, lack of in-person connection with others and concern for the health of loved ones and ourselves, were just some of the challenges we faced.
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