Ways to share
Emotional wellbeing support for schools including universal and transition
Supporting school systems
Children and young people in Kent emotional wellbeing flowchart – systems and services to inform decision making.
See the Department for Education guidance about safeguarding on mental health and behaviour.
Kent and Medway NHS CCG fortnightly bulletin contains a list of resources to support parents, carers, schools, colleges, children and young people during this Covid 19 pandemic.
Resilience conversation tools can enable in-depth conversations with young people around their resilience and wellbeing. These tools are flexible, strengths-focussed and capture the young person’s voice.
Kent Public Health have shared trauma informed guidance for schools along current considerations.
Education and curriculum guidance
Updated guidance for schools on remotely supporting pupil and staff wellbeing can be found here.
The Department for Education have produced links for home learning: online educational resources.
The Department for Education have produced new emotional wellbeing resources for schools with access to specific relationship and sex education sessions. Find guidance here on relationship and sex education for schools and communicating with parents.
Supporting pupils returning to school
Before you consider anything else on this page please refer to: Dr Pooky Knightsmith’s short video. This explains the importance of using nurture to transition pupils back into school after such unprecedented events as Covid19 and lockdown.
In this section you will find tools for you to assess the needs of your pupils and lesson plans to support your class to re-engage with learning. It is vital that you allow your pupils, and yourself, a few days ‘settling in time’ before attempting the assessments or any of the lessons. Some pupils will not have had any routine or structure to their day for many weeks and even going to bed/waking up may be difficult!
Universal support for children and young people is separated into the following five areas:
- Transitions – from home to school, while at school and school to home. There is a separate support package for Year 6-7 transition.
- Social skills – how well the pupils are re-engaging with their friends.
- Attitudes to learning – how well the pupils are able to re-engage with tasks specified by a teacher.
- Feelings and emotions – how well pupils are coping with the whole Covid19 situation/experience.
- Physical wellbeing – how well are pupils coping physically? Are they sleeping etc?
There is a google drive set up to share to a library of resources that contain wellbeing check-in templates and lesson plans.
Wellbeing check-in templates
After the settling in time and before starting to work with your pupils/students, it is important for you to assess what your class needs. We have therefore included a wellbeing check for teachers to complete, and a pupil wellbeing check (one for primary and one for secondary) to judge the level and type of support individuals, groups and class cohorts will need.
These assessments have been linked to the five areas of support above. You may decide to use the pupil questions to create an online questionnaire for your class using Microsoft Forms/Survey Monkey etc. Please feel free to adapt these forms to suit your own school’s needs.
Using the results of the wellbeing checks, those with the majority of answers falling into ‘green’ should just require universal lessons and support (provided in this section). For those with answers falling into ‘amber’ they may require targeted intervention and those with answers falling into ‘red’ may require intensive intervention. Support with those needing ‘amber’ and ‘red’ interventions can be found in other sections of the Kent Support Pack.
Lesson plans and discussion points
The lesson plans, discussion points and ideas for KS1/KS2 and KS3/KS4 contained in this section have been designed for class or form teachers to support their pupils to return to the demands of the school day. Primary schools could deliver the support at any time during the school day and secondary schools could use these resources during Form Time. These resources promote and encourage a wellbeing approach and support schools to offer nurturing experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.
It is important to remember that the lessons offered are not in any sequential order or have any time limit. One lesson or idea may take you four or five lessons over a week as you develop your understanding of pupils’ needs, and another resource may simply take 30 minutes. You could also repeat some lessons which will certainly help if some pupils return before or after others. Lessons should be completely pupil centred.
Year 6 to Year 7 transitions – all schools will have some provision in place to support their pupils at this critical stage in their education. The following information has been devised, in consultation with secondary schools, to help primary schools support and prepare their pupils for the move to secondary school in September. The pack works just as well if the activities have to be sent home for those not returning as for those in school in term 6.
These resources include a set of generic activities and tasks suitable for pupils going to any secondary school, which cover important issues such as time management, planning journeys to school, reading a timetable and budgeting lunch money.
The resources also include ‘tips’ which can be sent out to Year 6 parents/carers on a weekly basis. These ‘tips’ link directly to the pupil activities and suggest additional activities and discussion points so that parents/carers can also support their child’s transition to secondary school.
Moving from Infant to Junior School – for some younger pupils, not only will they be returning to school in September after a long break, they will also be returning to a new school. Whilst most Infant and Junior Schools are linked closely both by geography and community, some 7-year-olds will find this transition difficult.
We have therefore created a document to help provide the Junior School with the essential information to help ease the move. Its completion will enable KS2 teachers to ensure that the appropriate and necessary interventions are in place, friendship groups continued and a consistent approach is offered. For further information contact Jill Ansell or Emma Lloyd.
“For most children, starting a new nursery, school or key stage is a relatively smooth process, but transition is also a time of vulnerability for children as they progress through their educational careers” (National Foundation for Educational Research).
Early Years transitions -this section draws on the resources by the Kent County Council Early Years and Childcare Service including a framework, an audit tool, information on school readiness, and a transition leaflet.
Training for school staff
The Education People – school webinars including strategies for reintegrating back to the new normal of education:
- Supporting children with anxiety.
- Understanding trauma, its impact and how we can best respond.
- Understanding and managing self harm in children as a response.
Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind– Youth Mental Health First Aid online training via Zoom.
Internet Matters – a one stop shop resource featuring guides and apps to help you support others.
Public Health England has updated resources and provided advice in the context of the pandemic, including the world-leading Every Mind Matters platform, and Rise Above teaching resources for PSHE including lesson plans for schools and guidance on mental health and wellbeing.
The public may be exposed to fake news and propaganda about the causes of Covid19. Individuals may look to blame a specific minority group and incite hate crime.
Internet content is dynamic and can change; remind children and young people how they can report online concerns and encourage parents/carers to ensure age appropriate parental controls and supervision is in place.
A list of online safety resources for remote learning to share with parents/carers is available from The Education People along with written guidance for schools on the variety of tools to support home learning.
Campaigns and resources
Draw Your Own Solution campaign – will help young people become more aware of what resilience is, and how to increase their levels of resilience.
#HEREFORYOU social media campaign – has developed resources for schools to make sure families know we are still providing all kinds of emotional support and mental health services. These are available on the Google Drive or follow the link to the school briefing pack.
Good Mental Health Matters – developed by the NHS in Kent, Good Mental Health matters is a free resource for Primary and Secondary school teachers.
The Fantastic Fred Experience – a memorable live performance to teach children how to look after their own mental health.
F.R.E.D is an acronym for the four practical ways in which children can help to look after their own good mental health:
Food – Rest – Exercise – Digital Devices.
Other resources to support emotional wellbeing
Looking after staff wellbeing
Reintegrating back to school life can be a challenge at any time but that demand is even higher during the current climate of uncertainty. Here is information, resources and services that should support you, your colleagues and your school families in this process.
Supporting vulnerable pupils
To assist in the successful reintegration of vulnerable pupils you may want to consider this information and guidance.
Children and young people's emotional wellbeing flowchart
Information if you are concerned about a child or young person's thoughts, feelings or behaviour.
Emotional wellbeing support for primary-aged children
Advice and guidance to support primary-aged children during Covid19
Practical and emotional support following bereavement
Advice and guidance for schools and young people following a bereavement, including the death of a child
Emotional wellbeing support for young people
Reintegrating back to school life can be a challenge at any time but that demand is even higher during the current climate of uncertainty. Here are resources to support young people, and support conversations with young people.
Special educational needs and disability practical resources
Children and young people with SEND may experience a number of difficulties and challenges during this time. Here is useful advice and guidance to support young people with SEND.
Emotional wellbeing support for parents and carers
Useful advice and guidance to help schools support parents and carers.
Emotional wellbeing advice, guidance and support for highly anxious pupils
Resources and support for anxious pupils following Covid19 and returning to school
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