In the last few weeks life has changed considerably for everybody but for those working in a school it has changed beyond recognition. At the beginning of next week it may all change again as we begin to see schools opening up to a larger group of children.
There is so much speculation at the moment about is it safe to open? Will there be enough space in schools? Are there enough staff to support? Will very young children be able to social distance? For me the greatest concern is how all this affect the mental health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and families.
There is a great deal of anxiety around this phased return for pupils, staff and families. Headteachers are doing their best to ensure that every child and every member of staff is kept as safe as possible while families have to consider whether to send their child back into school or not.
This week you should all be enjoying your half-term holiday but many of you will continue to work through the holiday (as you did at Easter too) and only dreaming of where you should have been relaxing and recharging your batteries.
Last week we celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week (18th – 22nd May) and the theme for the week was kindness. Now, more than ever, is a time to be thinking not just about your own mental health and well-being but also how you can support your pupils on their transition back into school as well as supporting parent carers who will also be experiencing a great deal of anxiety at this time.
I have put together four comprehensive lists of resources and information that is available to support your mental health and wellbeing as well as that of your pupils and families.
Please click on the links below to access the documents.
There are also some general resources that you might like to look at:
Mentally Health Schools & Anna Freud Centre – Resource Library https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/
Coronavirus Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit #2
Mentally Healthy Schools – Responding to the coronavirus: resources for mental health and wellbeing
Resources for Schools – Anna Freud Centre