Supporting your pupils through the COVID-19 pandemic
Tips, advice and wellbeing resources to support pupils, staff and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition back to the classroom.
In these unsettling times, we're here to support whole school communities to cope with the challenges you face now and in the weeks and months ahead.
Using insights from our surveys of teachers, parents, and young people, we have responded to the issues that matter at this time. Below you'll find resources to support you and your school with:
- the transition back to the classroom
- approaching the mental health and wellbeing needs of pupils, parents and staff
- practical steps that will enable staff and pupils to feel safe again
- rebuilding resilience and hope into those communities
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How can staff be supported during this time?
Over the last couple of months, the world has changed for all of us and schools have done a magnificent job of adapting, while being thrust into a completely different role with a range of competing priorities. We are in awe of how schools have managed to get to a place where they can begin to open for some children. However, this process has not been straightforward or simple and we are aware of the toll it has been taking on staff. Take a look at our ideas for supporting the wellbeing of staff.
How should I prepare for children coming back?
So much work has been done by schools in their risk assessments to prepare for reopening. In this section, we think of ways to reduce anxiety and increase a sense of safety and belonging to children returning.
How do I support my students at this time?
It’s hard to know how children and young people will be feeling and coping at this moment. For a lot of children, it will be exciting to return to school and they will adapt quickly and smoothly to their new routine. However, for others coming back to school, as well as those who are still at home, things might be tough, so it's important to focus on two key elements for everyone. The first is acknowledging how we are feeling so that we learn to express our emotions, have them validated and realise that we are not alone. The second is developing a sense of hope and resilience in the future.
Below you'll find a mix of resources you can download to support all young people at this time. You can also visit our coronavirus and mental health page and share this with young people you know.
We also provide a variety of training courses on key mental health topics. For more information get in touch with our training team to discuss your needs.
How can I support parents and carers?
We know this has been a challenging time for many families, and schools are doing a great job supporting parents and carers during this time. Here are some resources that you can share with parents and carers to help boost wellbeing and reduce anxiety.
More support and advice for parents
For more advice around supporting your child: