Welcome Back to Education Resources

 

Children, young people and their families are preparing for the return to education in September. With children and young people out of education for so long and given the current climate, this may be an overwhelming experience.

To help ease the process, we have collated a list of resources and guidance that you may find useful.

Families and Disabled Children & Young People

  • National Children's Bureau - Statement on return to schools. Read here.
  • Open letter from Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, to children and young people with special educational needs (SEND), their families and carers and those who work to support them on their return to school. Read here.
  • Government guidance: an up-to-date list of advice and guidance on the return to school including transport and face coverings. Read here.
  • A welcome back to education: Dame Christine Lenehan. Read here.
  • Joint Ministerial letter to children and young people regarding the full return to education. Read here.
  • Public Health England: PHE have developed a face covering exemption toolkit for individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering. Read here.
  • Contact: back to school information page. Read here.
  • The National Autistic Society: Back to school guide - a guide for parents preparing children for the return to school. Read here.
  • Beyond Words: Lenny and Lily - wordless stories for primary school children. Read here.
  • Young Minds: Parents guide to support school anxiety and refusal - if your child is refusing to go to school, or is feeling anxious, here's is a guide to help you support your child and work with the school. Read here.

Primary & Secondary Schools

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership:

Headstart

  • Headstart Hull have worked with Barnardo’s to co-produce resources with young people and schools focusing on transition from primary to secondary school. Read here.
  • HeadStart Cornwall and the Educational Psychology Service have been working on school recovery support and here are some prompts to consider 6 ‘areas for reflection’ organised using the Swan Framework - Safe, Welcoming, Altogether, Nurturing – suggested by Dr Pooky Knightsmith.
  • HeadStart Blackpool’s Resilience Revolution has co-produced a set of recommendations with young people and their families for schools to consider in their planning around pupil return to school.

The Schools Wellbeing Partnership

  • The Schools' Wellbeing Partnership in consultation with the Department for Education, have developed a toolkit to help primary schools to work through the key considerations to support mental health and wellbeing as all pupils begin to return to school full time. Read here.
  • Schools’ Wellbeing Partnership - new guidance on supporting secondary schools & colleges to prepare their recovery from Covid-19 so that the mental health of the whole school community is protected. Read here

Further Education

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership:

The Schools Wellbeing Partnership

  • The Schools’ Wellbeing Partnership - new guidance on supporting secondary schools & colleges to prepare their recovery from Covid-19 so that the mental health of the whole school community is protected. Read here

Special Schools

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership:

  • A safe return to learning video

The National Autistic Society: Back to school guide - a guide for teachers preparing for an autistic pupils return to school. Read here.