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Resources to support the return to school and college

Although some children and young people have returned to school already, for many, the new autumn term will be their first time stepping into a classroom since lockdown began. Understandably, this may be a strange or worrying time for some children, parents and carers, and schools. Please see a variety of resources below to help you support children and young people’s return to school.

If schools have any concerns about a child or young person’s mental health please seek guidance and advice from the following: SENCO, Educational Psychologist, CAMHS or school nurse

Resources for parents and carers

Schools can share the below resources with parents to complete over the summer break

  • Self-care summer activity pack for primary aged children help children create their own self care plan for the summer holidays
  • ​​ Tips for returning to school straightforward suggestions for parents and teachers to deal with any potential apprehension or anxiety children may experience on returning to school. There is also an accompanying factsheet
  • FREE mindfulness app -Smiling Mind Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to support the development of mindfulness practices for every age group. Meditations can be played for kids to do on their own, and you can participate together
  • GoNoodle Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts available for free
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga and mindfulness for kids

Resources for schools and Colleges

Whole school / setting approach

A mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. A whole-school approach involves all parts of the school working together and being committed. It needs partnership working between governors, senior leaders, teachers and all school staff, as well as parents, carers and the wider community. Please see a variety of resources available below

Resources for primary schools

Resources for secondary schools and Colleges


Supporting children and young people with fear, anxiety and uncertainty

If a child or young person is feeling anxious there are a variety of strategies that may be helpful to them.


Supporting children and young people to improve wellbeing and resilience

Resilience isn’t something we are born with it is a skill we learn and being resilient helps us to overcome difficulties we may come across


S​upporting children and young people in crisis

Supporting autistic children and young people through crisis