A University of Bristol study has found that the anxiety levels for 1,000 UK students aged 13-14 has dropped below levels recorded in October 2019. The findings have raised growing concerns – interestingly – about school not digital media and technology, as schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland reopen. "With the whole world in the grip of a devastating pandemic, which has thrown everyone's lives into turmoil, the natural expectation would be to see an increase in anxiety," Emily Widnall, an author of the survey, told BBC News. "While we saw anxiety levels rise for a few of our participants, it was a big surprise to discover it was the opposite for many of them," she said. There are calls for an educational environment that will support the social and emotional needs of students, while nurturing their academic growth.

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