Back to school: guidance and resources for supporting children and young people with SEND
After a turbulent 2020, schools in the UK will begin welcoming back pupils from the beginning of September. But a lot has happened in the past few months, and providing support for pupils with additional needs returning school is more important than ever before.
Mental health and wellbeing
- Teaching about mental wellbeing
Practical training materials for primary and secondary schools from the DfE.
- Coping with Coronavirus: a guide for young people
Guidance for young people coping with the effects of Coronavirus from the Mental Health Foundation.
- Creating mentally healthy environments
Webinars for mental health leads and senior leaders in education from Innovating Minds.
- #SelfcareSummer Primary Pack and Secondary Pack
Fun activities for primary and secondary schools to support wellbeing from Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
- Change, loss and bereavement
Tips for supporting grief from the Mental Health Foundation.
- Help for schools
Resources for supporting grief in schools from Cruse Bereavement Care.
- Supporting a bereaved pupil
Training tools for educational staff to help support pupils experiencing bereavement from Child Bereavement UK and LGfL.
- The Skills Toolkit
Free digital and numeracy courses to build skills from the DfE.
- Barnet Council SENCO Zone
Helpful information for Special Educational Needs Coordinators from Barnet Council.
Transitioning back to school
- Recovery Curriculum
Conversations, recommended reading and additional resources to support Barry Carpenter CBE and Matthew Carpenter’s Recovery Curriculum from Evidence for Learning.
- Supporting pupils with SEND on return
Guidance from the DfE on supporting children and young people with SEND returning to schools and settings.
- Top tips for transitioning back to school
Resources to support autistic pupils transitioning back to school from BeyondAutism.
Free online resources
- BBC Bitesize
Lessons for primary, secondary and post-16 from BBC
- Kahn Academy
Science, maths, arts and humanities courses from Khan Academy.
- National Geographic
Resources and work packs from Natural Geographic.
- Classroom support
Resources for Teaching Assistants to support social distancing from SENworks
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