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Returning to School

There have been a number of requests from parents/carers carers for advice to support their children in the current global situation, with some recurring themes. Feedback from parents and carers has indicated that they would value some clear and comprehensive information and additional support  relating to home-schooling and the return to school.

In this section, Lucy Stevens and Fiona Quan (staff at Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning – GHLL) and Dr Melissa Parry (Educational Psychology Service) have created a brief double-sided leaflet with general advice and top tips.  In addition to this, a number of case studies are included with some suggestions and strategies from school staff, GHLL and Educational Psychology Service. There is a recorded example for primary aged children and secondary aged young people for each area, and the advice has also been typed for reference. The areas covered are:

  • Anxiety
  • Screen time
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Reconnecting and friendships
  • Engagement with learning tasks

The case studies provide some examples to try but these are not exhaustive,  as each child and young person, their situation or circumstances will be different.  Further individual advice and referrals to relevant services or agencies for more support may be required. Also, it is important to remember that school staff are available and happy to help – please do not be afraid to seek support from them!

 

Top tips for returning to school

  • Be aware of emotions
  • Emotional well-being is key
  • Organise and plan
  • Communication
  • Be creative

Returning to school can be challenging so its important to consider these topics for conversation

  • Engagement
  • Well-being
  • Anxiety
  • Friendships

In this section, Lucy Stevens and Fiona Quan (Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning) and Dr Melissa Parry (Educational Psychology Service) have created a brief double-sided leaflet with general advice and top tips, and a number of case studies with some suggestions and strategies from school staff, GHLL and EPS. 

For more information and to download the complete guide click  handy guide. 

 

Case Study examples for Primary and Secondary age pupils

  • Are you or your child concerned about:
  • Anxiety and Worry
  • Screen time
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Reconnecting and peer relationships
  • School engagement and separation anxiety

Take a look at these case study examples and advice on these topics from our Educational Psychologist.

VIDEO Primary Anxiety

VIDEO Primary Screen Time

VIDEO Primary Loss and Bereavement

VIDEO Primary Reconnecting and Peer Relationships

VIDEO Primary School Engagement and Separation Anxiety

 

VIDEO Secondary Anxiety

VIDEO Secondary Screen Time

VIDEO Secondary Loss and Bereavement

VIDEO Secondary Reconnecting and Peer Relationships

VIDEO Secondary School Engagement and Separation Anxiety

 

Emotion Coaching for Parents/ Carers

This is a 3 part animation designed with the help of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, to convey, in easy to understand English, why we need to think about our emotions, the science of emotions and how to emotion coach. 

VIDEO White board animation on emotion coaching for parents