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Returning To School Support

 

Please see attached in the links below resources that have been recommended nationally by the DfE as a support for the emotional wellbeing of children over the period of their return. The Return to school questions are a great way to help your child to share their thoughts and feelings. This will provide an overview of the emotional impact of lock-down and enable us to understand how best to support children on their return.

Overview
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Child Line - Going Back to School

Most schools in the UK have been closed because of COVID-19. You might be happy when you find out you can go back to school, or you might not. However you’re feeling, it’s natural to be worried about:

  • what the school will be like when you go back
  • catching up with work and preparing for exams
  • seeing friends again or being bullied
  • starting a new routine, or coping away from home
  • keeping safe and following social distancing.

You might also be worried about problems at home. Whatever’s worrying you about school, we can help.

Please click on the image opposite to find out more

Young Minds - Returning to School

After being off school for so long, it is only natural that many young people will be worried about returning to school.

Here are some tips from our Parents Helpline team on how you can support your child to transition back to school life:

Please click on the image opposite to find out more.

 

 

Return to School Support Plan

The first day that you come back to school you might have butterflies, that’s normal. Don’t think about the whole week of school, just take it one day at a time.

However you’re feeling, it’s natural to be a bit nervous about:   

  • what school will be like when you go back  
  • meeting a new teacher
  • catching up with work 
  • seeing friends again 
  • starting a new routine 
  • coping away from home and missing family
  • keeping safe and following social distancing.

Whatever’s worrying you about school, we can help. You can complete a Return to School Support Plan and write down any worries that you have and what we could do to help you.

Partnership for Children

Children may have lots of different feelings about going back to school after lockdown. Help your child fill in the boxes to explore these feelings, and anything they’re worried about.

Going Back to School

Back to Success pack

Help for a successful and happy return to school.

Back to school pack

We're all back in school

A social story about returning to school after lockdown.

Back to School Social Story

ELSA Support story - March Update

A story about returning to school after Coronavirus.

 

ELSA Support Story

REturn to school Anxiety tools for parents

The Coronavirus lockdown has meant that children have spent a significantly increased amount of time with their families. Some may be anxious about returning to school.

Here are some tools to help you support your child with any anxiety they might be feeling, including top tips, an example action plan and some activities to support you and your child.

 Rebuild and Recover Anxiety Tools

Preparing for the first day back.

Children and parents may be feeling anxious about that first day back at school. Here are some simple ways to prepare for those first few days.

 Preparing your child for return to school

Transition package - Early Years and KS1

OSSME - As part of Autism Initiatives (1972), OSSME first started as Outreach Services Supporting Mainstream Education, hence its name, however it has developed to provide a range of services around children, education and support for parents.

If you have any worries about schools reopening and worries about the changes this booklet will help you. 

Back to School Transition Booklet
Transition package - KS2

OSSME - As part of Autism Initiatives (1972), OSSME first started as Outreach Services Supporting Mainstream Education, hence its name, however it has developed to provide a range of services around children, education and support for parents.

If you have any worries about schools reopening and worries about the changes this booklet will help you. .

Back to School Transition Booklet

recognising and responding to anxiety about returning to school.

Anxiety is not always easy to spot and is often masked by other emotions and behaviours. Help to recognise and respond to anxiety.

 Recognising and responding to Anxiety

The West Sussex Education Psychology Team has been working with partners to produce additional support and guidance for schools, and to support children particularly in their return to school.

My return to school (Year 3 and 4)

Please click the image opposite to open up the form for Year 3 and 4 children  - My Return to School. Parents may print of the questionnaire to complete with their child and then return this to their child's class teacher. We would strongly recommend a copy is made and kept at home if bringing the original into school. Alternatively, send a pdf or photos of the completed questionnaire to pastoral@chesswood.w-sussex.sch.uk. A pastoral team member will be in contact within a few days of receiving the copy of the completed questionnaire.

 

 

My return to school (Year 5 and 6)

Please click the image opposite to open up the form for Year 3 and 4 children  - My Return to School. Parents may print of the questionnaire to complete with their child and then return this to their child's class teacher. We would strongly recommend a copy is made and kept at home if bringing the original into school. Alternatively, send a pdf or photos of the completed questionnaire to pastoral@chesswood.w-sussex.sch.uk. A pastoral team member will be in contact within a few days of receiving the copy of the completed questionnaire.