Returning to school after the coronavirus lockdown
Page last reviewed: 11 September 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown is an unprecedented situation in modern times. It is hard to gauge the full impact that the situation is having on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Pupils’ experiences of the lockdown period will have been very varied. For some, it will mostly have been a safe and enjoyable time. For others, it will have been challenging or traumatic. Schools and teachers are used to supporting their pupils through challenges that they face in life – the current situation will amplify those situations many times over.
This short guide aims to:
- Outline the scale of the challenge that schools and pupils are facing.
- Provide practical advice, activities and support.
Includes information on navigating loss and bereavement, different home environments, inequalities, uncertainty, transition periods and friendship and bullying.
If you are a teacher, here are things to keep in mind as well as practical tools, strategies and activities.
If you are a teacher, here are things you can do to look after your own mental health.
We encourage school leaders to take steps to look after staff and pupils' mental health and wellbeing.
With thanks to our colleagues for reviewing this guidance:
Andy Langford - Clinical Director, Cruse Bereavement Care
Medway Primary SENCO group
Dover Primary Leaders' Group
Terry Bennett & Darren Rubin, St John and St Paul Federation, Tower Hamlets
Kevin Smart & Rebecca Smith. Leadership Advisors Medway LA
Dr Robin Precey, Canterbury Christ Church University
Teachers from our Peer Education Project schools