We know that returning to school will bring its challenges to staff and children, and that many members of our school communities will have (and will still be) experiencing significantly higher than usual levels of stress and anxiety.
With that in mind, we have collated some guidance and resources to support children’s emotional wellbeing and their return to school. We hope this leaflet can give some additional ideas to the measures you will already be planning.
Children with additional learning needs experience barriers and difficulties in their learning. We also know that all children are different and can thrive and make progress with the right support. You know your children best, and we hope that the attached strategies will provide you with extra ideas for supporting learning at home.
Discover the assortment of websites available with resources, online training, practical news and helpful ideas offered to schools to support their staff and students during the current pandemic.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) website is full of free useful resources to support schools in response to the Coronavirus. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/support-resources-for-schools/
Useful resources around Emotional Health & Well-being which have been created to support the emotional well-being of the school community as more learners return under COVID- 19 measures. It covers key areas that need to be considered and provides useful tools and tips to help schools in managing this.
Sheffield CV-19 EHWB resources – FULL RESOURCE PACK-min
Sheffield CV-19 EHWB resources – Guide – FINAL
The specialist section of the virtual school has gone live this week with a range of resources to support teachers and families of children with more complex needs.
Through their social mobility partnership South Yorkshire Futures have worked with Trauma Informed Schools UK and Nifty Fox Creative to develop a series of resources offering informed, practical advice on educational activities, reducing anxiety through play and having reassuring conversations with children.
Check out Singing Hands’ brand new online classes and activities to help us get through the coming months of social distancing and isolation. See their forthcoming events page for twice weekly webinars and their FaceBook and YouTube page for FREE content on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays!
Offers some social stories and visual aids around the Corona Virus you may find helpful. Please select which is most appropriate to your child’s needs.
Resources and articles
http://www.gdmorewood.com/ – both free and paid for sessions on the Low Arousal method available.
https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/about-snj/our-columnists/about-jo/ – there are some good links / articles on all things sensory (some charged training available)
https://offschool.org.uk/activity-zone/activities/?cid=19 – a group producing some online content (there is an inclusive activity tab with videos / links & ideas).
https://www.provisionmap.co.uk/ – there have been a number of online (free) sessions that seem to have been well received (Natalie Packer / David Bartram amongst others leading these).
Training for staff
- Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) This course covers; brain development in the early years; impact of childhood adversity; social, health and community impacts; protective factors and being trauma-informed. https://www.acesonlinelearning.com/
- Brain Story Certificate – Alberta Family Wellness Institute Brain Story Certification is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health.- https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/teaching-courses
- Nasen Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0 –25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. It is based on the evidence of what constitutes good continuing professional development (CPD) and so takes a practice-led, enquiry-based and collaborative approach.- https://nasen.org.uk/training-and-cpd/online-learning.html
- Hirstwood Training – An introduction to multi-sensory learning This training introduces the concept of multisensory learning and the importance of our eight senses in learning. Find out why sensory stimulation is critical for learners with SEND and how it impacts on their learning. Practical strategies are shared.- https://online.hirstwood.com/courses/an-introduction-to-multisensory-learning
- Hirstwood Training – An introduction into resourceful teaching and learning When working with learners with complex needs and autism, sometimes it is not possible for us to purchase specialist educational products. This course provides lots of clever ideas for creating our own resources and the reasons why.- https://online.hirstwood.com/courses/an-introduction-to-resourceful-teaching-and-learning
- SAMH We all have mental health: An introduction for teachers We’ve created this course to provide teachers with an introduction to mental health; equip them with the skills and knowledge to recognise and respond to a pupil who is experiencing a mental health problem; and lead a conversation about positive mental health.- https://www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/elearning-for-teachers
- Understanding Autism Enrol online. Throughout this qualification, you will gain an understanding of the spectrum of autistic disorders and how they can affect people in a variety of ways, as well as exploring the importance of using a person-centred approach to provide support. You will also understand how to use appropriate communication skills and positive behaviour to encourage individuals with autistic spectrum conditions to live fulfilling and independent lives.- https://www.enrolonline.co.uk/free-courses/understanding-autism/
- Anti-bullying Free CPD Anti-bullying Alliance This programme was particularly developed to reduce levels of bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN) but applies to all children.- https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/all-modules
- The Open University The role of play in children’s learning Has the emphasis on raising educational standards in the UK led to adult-led learning replacing play? This free course, The role of play in children’s learning, will help teachers assess the importance of spontaneous play and socialising in the playground, as well as looking at the value of play and the varying attitudes that adults have towards the activity.- https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/professional-development-education/the-role-play-childrens-learning/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab