Support for schools

The key priority for our whole school community, either attending school or virtually, is their emotional wellbeing, and for some, having to cope with anxiety or the loss of a loved one.

All staff and students will experience some degree of emotional wellbeing or anxiety challenges as they slide back into school life.  With a lengthy time away from peers, and new social distancing norms, reconnecting with friendships will be a priority and challenge for them.

Schools should plan to ensure everyone feels included through an inclusive school culture; and that everyone returns to a positive and supportive working environment to help relieve anxiety and fear.

The following guidance will help schools to make decisions on how to support their community’s emotional wellbeing, as well as knowing what to do if a member of the school community requires extra support or guidance.

Guidance areas include:

Emotional wellbeing information, resources and support services for staff

Practical and emotional support for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Emotional wellbeing support for young people

Emotional wellbeing support for vulnerable pupils

Emotional wellbeing support for schools including universal and transition

Emotional wellbeing support for primary-school-aged children

Practical and emotional wellbeing support following bereavement

Emotional wellbeing advice, guidance and support for highly anxious pupils

Emotional wellbeing support for parents, carers and families

You can view a selection of categorised resources in the pages below, or  download the guidance support pack.