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RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID-19

AN APPROACH INFORMED BY AN UNDERSTANDING OF RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE

A team of psychologists from across Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have published three webinars to support staff as they (start to) return to school following COVID-19.

Without time for reflection and discussion (which is recommended), the webinars run for 15 – 20 minutes each.

Module 1 Notes and Resources

This first module outlines how we understand the experiences and emotional response associated with pandemics, and ways to ease the transition that might be helpful for all.
It is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSAW0X58yiE&feature=youtu.be.

Overview

  • Understanding the expected impact of COVID-19 on school communities
  • Boosting resilience in a school community
  • Planning for effective transitions

Resources

Zones of Regulation Resources: http://www.zonesofregulation.com/resources.html
Activity 2 Links
https://www.paulekman.com/universal-emotions/
https://www.6seconds.org/2017/04/27/plutchiks-model-of-emotions/
https://zonesofregulation.com/learn-more-about-the-zones.html
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mood-self-assessment/
A Blueprint for Mental Health Provision: http://www.blueprintforschools.co.uk
The Resilient Classroom: www.youngminds.org.uk ; https://youngminds.org.uk/media/1463/the_resilient_classroom-2016.pdf
Teacher Resilience during Coronavirus School Closures: https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Member%20Networks/Divisions/DECP/Teacher%20resilience%20during%20coronavirus%20school%20closures.pdf
Anna Freud Centre: Managing Unexpected Endings and Transitions: https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/resources/managing-unexpected-endings-and-transitions/

Module 2 Notes and Resources

The second module introduces Seligman’s PERMA model, a useful model for well-being and resilience which can be applied to everyday life.
It is available at https://youtu.be/rOJK0jLuhtM.

Overview

  • Whole School Approach to Resilience: The PERMA model
  • How to apply the PERMA model to returning to school
  • Using the PERMA model to support school staff

Resources

Positive emotions, emotion coaching: https://www.emotioncoachinguk.com/for-professionals
Relationships, the PACE approach: https://ddpnetwork.org/about-ddp/meant-pace/
Psychological first aid: http://www.aaptuk.org/downloads/Psychological_first_aid_Guide_for_field_workers.pdf
Supporting staff wellbeing in schools: https://www.annafreud.org/media/7653/3rdanna-freud-booklet-staff-wellbeing-web-pdf-21-june.pdf
Looking after each other and ourselves: https://www.annafreud.org/media/7653/3rdanna-freud-booklet-staff-wellbeing-web-pdf-21-june.pdf

Module 3 Notes and Resources

The third module focuses on the needs of children and young people that have experienced loss and bereavement over the last few months.
It is available at https://youtu.be/rOJK0jLuhtM.

Overview

  • Loss and Bereavement following COVID-19
  • Models of grief
  • Targeted and universal support

Resources

Empathy or Sympathy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HznVuCVQd10
Child Bereavement Network: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/home.aspx
Cruse, the Bereavement charity: https://www.cruse.org.uk/
Additional ‘returning to school’ COVID-19 resources
https://fis.peterborough.gov.uk/kb5/peterborough/directory/site.page?id=3-CrEQhcFdY
https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/local-offer/local-offer-send-services-coronavirus-information
https://www.suffolklearning.co.uk/3-11-learning-teaching/special-education/senco/resources-from-psychology-and-therapeutic-services-and-the-specialist-education-services/nsft-psychology-in-schools-support-pack
https://www.suffolklearning.co.uk/3-11-learning-teaching/special-education/senco/resources-from-psychology-and-therapeutic-services-and-the-specialist-education-services/nsft-psychology-in-schools-support-pack
https://ohs.oxon.sch.uk/from-covid-19-back-to-the-classroom/

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