Returning to School in Uncertain Times

Covid19 has no doubt taken its toll on everyone, young people especially: constant bad news, missed school, holidays and other important events/ milestones, increased stress at home, missing family and friends … The list is endless.

Whilst many children will be (secretly) glad to get back to some sort of normality this doesn’t mean they won’t be worried, especially if they have people at home who are shielding. There will also be concerns about work, friendships, and bullying. It would be foolish, not to acknowledge these concerns and begin to address them; this unit does just that.

The aim of this unit is to build confidence in self, in appreciating/ respecting those different from you, and in supporting each other. It assumes that pupils will be in ‘bubbles’ and be able to work freely within such bubbles (albeit potentially in masks).

Based on 5 one hour lessons, this unit could be ran as 5 separate lessons for PSHE, however, if timetable allows, it would work well being delivered over the course of a day with a timetable stand-down. This is especially true with new year 7s as it will help them get to know class mates with fun, team building tasks.

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COVID-19 Lessons and Advice

It is vital we respond now to the mental health needs of young people to prevent problems in the future.

This is a very scary time for everyone, but even more so for young people who are faced with constant news of illness and death and understandably missing friends and family.

Children of key workers will be faced with the worry of their parents getting the disease whilst at work, for those whose parents are at home, there has no doubt been talk of money or even losing jobs or businesses. It must seem that they have no control what so ever in a world that has suddenly changed beyond recognition.

There is a distinct possibility, that unless handled sensitively, the trauma caused by these unprecedented events, could result in longer term distress and mental health issues.

This PowerPoint has been developed to address the emotional needs and worries of young people. It’s aim is to help them make more sense of their feelings by explaining how the brain responds to sudden change and stress. Knowledge is always better than the unknown, therefore in finding out the reasons for their emotions, they, and we as adults are better placed to help prevent current distress from becoming long term trauma.

The lessons are aimed at both schools and parents, with detailed guidance on how to deliver/ go through the slides. The advice at the end of the presentation is aimed at young people and parents of specific vulnerability groups as it is recognised that for some with existing mental health or neurological conditions, this time will be even harder.

In order to create the lessons and advice, I have used information and guidance published from reputable sources including:

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF),  AFNCCF advice for schools,  British Psychological Society,  Children’s Commissioner, National Autistic Society, Young Minds.

Download COVID-19

1. Click on the link below.

2. This will take you to the powerpoint in Google Docs.

3. Click  FILE in the top left hand corner.

4. Click on Download

5.  Click on PowerPoint

6.  Please note that I deliberately keep my resoures free as mental health is more important than money.  By downloading, you are agreeing not to reproduce my materials for profit.

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Lessons come with clear instructions about how to deliver them.

Activities encourage exploration and discussion around our emotional responses to COVID19

They also look to explain why we respond in the way we do.

A variety of coping strategies are examined using the expert advice of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Information about how the brain responds to stress is explored to explain the reason for emotional responses.

Advice on managing the stress/ distress of the current situation is given.

There is also advice for specific vulnerable groups.

All work is fully referenced with information taken from reputable sources.