Back to School
The end of the summer holidays is usually a time of dread for most schoolchildren — but not for those returning in the autumn/winter term of 2020! All around the world young people have been kept away from school since March 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown. Although the effect on them is difficult to gauge, one thing is certain — the majority of young people are keen to get back to normal post COVID-19.
We need to ask:
- What will a return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic look like?
- Will children be safe in school?
- How can we help young people return to normal school life?
- What are the psychological effects of COVID-19 on children?
The impact of COVID-19 on a young person’s mental health is difficult to determine. Their experiences during the lockdown period will have varied for each of them. Some will have had a relatively good experience while others not so positive. Bear in mind some may have lost a loved one to the coronavirus and this needs to be considered when they return to school. It is also important to bear in mind that some young people have an unhappy home life and their circumstances may have worsened when they were quarantined at home together.
School staff must ensure there is a welcoming atmosphere on the first day back and they should also encourage open and honest communication. As students return to school they may want to discuss their experiences during the lockdown, so allow sufficient time for an informal discussion if possible. Some students may wish to discuss the possibility of a second wave and a second lockdown. Even if time is short and there is lots to get through, it is important that teachers take the time to reassure students.
Hygiene is extremely important when returning to school and head teachers must ensure they have taken steps to implement adequate handwashing stations, mask wearing (including having spare masks on hand), physical distancing, and facilities for temperature checks.
As part of our commitment to the wellbeing of young people, we have produced a resource pack which will help teachers introduce the theme of COVID-19 to their students through a variety of topics.
Back to School Resources
This COVID-19 resource pack employs the topic of coronavirus in various study modules. The virus is used as a springboard to introduce each theme and young people are encouraged to recognise how COVID-19 can be examined through a number of unrelated subjects.
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Back to School Lesson Plans
Back to School Topics
- Returning to school during the coronavirus pandemic
- Going back to school after holidays
- Returning to school after COVID-19
Back to School Support for Schools
Our back to school resources provide help, guidance and education on various back to school topics. The resource packs we produce give back to school information and preparation in a way that informs as well as educates.
Back to School Support for Teachers
To aid the teaching process we publish resources for teachers which include back to school resource packs covering a variety of topics and issues as well as back to school lesson plans.
Back to School Support for Students
Teaching students returning to school can be a challenge. Our aim is to produce resource packs designed to help young people as they return to school.