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Supporting schools through the pandemic

Practical tools for support, Mental health in schools

This resource covers:

How to approach the mental health and wellbeing needs of pupils, parents and staff with the lasting impacts of the pandemic, practical steps to enable staff and pupils to feel safe again, and ways to rebuild resilience and hope into those communities.

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How can staff be supported with the lasting impacts of the pandemic?

Throughout the pandemic, schools have done a magnificent job adapting and dealing with a range of competing priorities, and continue to do so. We know this process has not been straightforward and we are aware of the toll it has taken on staff. These resources are here to support the wellbeing of staff as you continue to cope with lasting impacts of COVID-19.

How do I support my students?

It can be hard to know how children and young people are coping with the impacts of the pandemic, especially now that we have transitioned back to our normal routines. Focusing on how children are feeling, however, can help them develop a sense of hope and resilience in the future. Our resources can be downloaded and used in class to support young people to consider and acknowledge their feelings about the pandemic.

How can I support parents and carers?

We know the pandemic was and continues to be a challenging time for many families, and schools have done a great job supporting parents and carers. Here is our support and advice that you can share with parents and carers to help continue to boost wellbeing and reduce anxiety.

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