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Harrogate Grammar head says 'Covid generation' term is 'really negative'

The headteacher of Harrogate Grammar School says using the term 'Covid generation' to describe school pupils is 'really negative' and could affect their mental health.

The headteacher of Harrogate Grammar School says using the term 'Covid generation' to describe school pupils is 'really negative' and could affect their mental health. Neil Renton says it's not used in his school, and instead they talk positively about how kids have adapted their learning during the pandemic. He's made the comments as Harrogate Grammar welcomes all of it's pupils back to class for the first time today, following a phased return involving some year groups over the past few days. Neil Renton, headteacher of Harrogate Grammar School, said:

"Our view is that terms like 'Covid generation' and 'catch up generation' is just really wrong language to use. We shouldn't label children after the name of a disease. "Our children have been really resilient, they've learned to learn independently, they've adapted, they've changed, they will catch up, they will move on to create a better society, and our view is that they are not a 'Covid generation'. It's truly remarkable what they've achieved." "There will be a long shadow to the pandemic, but it doesn't have to be a negative long shadow. It can be a really positive one where the young people have a unique set of skills which will help them go on and create a better for everyone"
You can read more of Neil's thoughts on the term 'Covid generation' in an article he's written here Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here  

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