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Guidance for educational settings on supporting the transition back to school
To support the wellbeing of setting staff, children and young people during the Covid-19 pandemic, the EPS has created several short briefings and information sheets that consider the psychological aspects of the transition back to school. The briefings include:
- Trauma-informed Transition back to school (PDF)
- Returning to school: supporting staff wellbeing (PDF)
- Returning to school: behaviours you may expect to see and strategies to support children and young people (PDF)
- Emotion Coaching (PDF)
- Importance of Play (PDF)
The EPS have also provided briefings to support transitions for groups of children and young people with specific needs, designed to form a graduated response in addition to the resource Trauma-informed Transition back to school, including:
- Helping Autistic pupils transition back to school (PDF)
- Transition back to school for children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma and/or are in care (PDF)
- Transition back to school for those with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) (PDF)
GM mental health and wellbeing resources
The partnership have collated a range of information leaflets, short films, advice and guidance to support children and young people in returning back into their educational settings.
To access please use the following links:
Supporting pupil and student mental health (DfE webinar)
The Department for Education, in collaboration with NHS England and Public Health England, hosted this webinar for schools and college staff on how to support returning pupils and students mental wellbeing. Experts will talk about the impacts in children and young people's mental wellbeing and recovery techniques.
Duration: 64 minutes
Advice for children going back to school (June 2020)
Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan, NHS England Clinical Director for Children and Young People's Mental Health, has issued advice for parents to be alert to signs that children could be experiencing anxiety, distress or low mood as they return to school.
ADHD: School strategies good practice guide
This guide has been co-produced by both mainstream primary and secondary school SENCo's, in addition to specialist teachers from the Primary Inclusion Team (PIT), Secondary Inclusion Team (SIS), Speech and Language Therapist and Educational Psychologist.
While this guide is set into primary and secondary strategies, there will be cross over between strategies which can be used in both settings, taking into consideration the developmental age of the child or young person you are supporting. While this is a guidance document, it is not an exhaustive list and there may be many other strategies which you currently use in your school.
The toolkit is available in the downloadable documents at the bottom of the page.
Measuring and monitoring children and young people's wellbeing: a toolkit for schools and colleges
Public Health England and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families are committed to improving health outcomes for children, young people and their families, and have developed a toolkit for schools and colleges.
The toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population.
The toolkit is also available in the downloadable documents at the bottom of the page.
Wellbeing return to education - training programme
Wellbeing for education return is a nationally developed training and resources programme that has been locally adapted to support the wellbeing of teachers and their pupils in response to the pandemic.
The Wellbeing for Education Return training has been developed by the e-learning platform MindEd, working closely with the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families. In Salford, the Educational Psychology Service will be leading this programme locally in consultation with other providers.
For more information on the Wellbeing for Education Return including links to previous presentations, along with a range of resources and information to support education settings please visit the Emotionally Friendly Settings webpages.
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