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Pupils returning to school will need significant emotional support

02 September 2020 Share


Teachers are being advised specialist help is available for pupils who are struggling to cope with going back to school, as a poll for the leading national children’s charity suggests hundreds of thousands of children could refuse to go while others feel nervous, upset and scared.

Barnardo’s says there is a ‘trauma gap’ between some classmates who may cope well with the return to the classroom and others who may have not been previously vulnerable but are now struggling to cope because of the effects of Covid-19 and the lockdown.

The BBC reported on this very situation in Scotland on 1st September.

Teachers who notice any of their pupils are having difficulties can get help through the England-wide See, Hear, Respond Partnership, which is led by Barnardo’s. 

It is funded by the Department for Education and was set up to support those who have become vulnerable throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

The partnership includes Action for Children, The Children’s Society and 55 local charities.

The helpline - 0800 157 7015 - is open Monday-Friday from 9am-9pm and at weekends from 10am-6pm. 

Professionals can refer children and young people at www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond.  

Children, young people, carers and parents can find support at www.barnardos.org.uk/c19

For more details see the Press Release here


For school library staff the SLA have produced a wealth of support to pass onto pupils and school staff.

Wellbeing through Reading enables schools to gather the data you need to make informed choices about interventions and activities, including for pupils’ reading and well-being. Details here 

We have a new publication which includes sections on how to build up self-confidence, improve wellbeing and mindfulness. Information here and a few questions answered about the publication. 

Members are able to watch again the webinar with the National Literacy Trust’s research into the link between wellbeing and reading here as well as the webinar on Summer Reading helping our mind set.

We have top tips to help 

Plus booklists for suggestions of resources for different ages, including perhaps engaging some of your school staff who may appreciate the crossover books on the YA list?

https://www.sla.org.uk/support-for-primary-schools

https://www.sla.org.uk/support-for-secondary-schools