In this BERA podcast, Nick Johnston (Chief Executive of BERA) interviews Dr Emily Marchant from The National Centre for Population Health & Wellbeing Research, at Swansea University. Emily’s research focuses on primary school-aged children and examines the relationship between epidemiological factors and lifestyle behaviours with educational outcomes, using data linkage. She also evaluates school-based interventions and has previously published evaluation research on outdoor learning and The Daily Mile. During Emily’s PhD, she developed and expanded the HAPPEN Wales Primary School Network to a national network that collects and shares school-level health behaviour information with schools.
In the episode, Emily discusses the effect Covid 19 has had on children with a particular focus on their health and wellbeing, staff experiences and the potential future effects as schools return.