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On average, 1 in every 29 children will be bereaved of a parent — the equivalent of one in every class — and many more children will experience the death of another family member or friend. These lesson plans provide the opportunity to take a sensitive approach to learning about bereavement in the classroom. They will support children and young people to develop the skills and understanding they need to deal with this particular life event.

Comprising two lessons for each key stage, these resources are designed to help pupils and students explore bereavement and grief in developmentally appropriate ways. They are not intended as a pastoral intervention in the event of a bereavement in the school community, as at that point the priority is for pastoral care rather than preventative education.

The lessons are not suitable for home learning, but can be used with pupils who are physically in school now, or planned into your programme to deliver face-to-face later in the year.

At key stages 1 and 2, pupils will:

  • Learn about different types of loss, change and bereavement
  • Explore some strategies for managing feelings associated with bereavement
  • Develop their awareness of how to seek support with feelings

At key stages 3 and 4, students will:

  • Learn about managing emotions associated with grief
  • Explore how to support others experiencing grief and loss
  • Develop an awareness of how loss, grief and bereavement can impact young people

The free resource packs include a teacher guidance document along with a lesson plan and PowerPoint for each lesson.

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Bereavement Guidance for schools from GSCE  including a template policy


The following documents have all been developed by the Educational Psychology Service:

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Guidance  for Primary and Secondary  Schools - Coping with a sudden and upsetting event  

Download the full leaflet here for primary                                           Download the full leaflet here for secondary 


Coping with a traumatic event - Guidance for Primary School Staff

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Coping with a traumatic event - Guidance for Secondary School staff

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Traumatic Bereavement


Free, evidence-based resources to support schools, colleges and practitioners working with traumatically bereaved children and young people.

Traumatically bereaved children and young people experience significant distress and difficulties, over and above a more typical grief. Traumatic bereavement can be easily missed or misunderstood by parents, teachers and even bereavement practitioners, meaning that children’s difficulties are not recognised.

These resources will give school staff and practitioners the knowledge and tools they need to identify, help and support children and young people experiencing a traumatic bereavement.

Link to resources





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