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Covid 19 – Returning to the classroom

Undoubtedly the current outbreak is impacting on all of our lives significantly and the impact will be varied among children and young people who are without their usual routines and support networks from both peers and their school or college. Some will be exposed to difficult family situations and others living with existing mental health needs may be getting increasingly anxious amidst the uncertainty.

As schools begin the gradual return of their students over the coming weeks and months they are going to face many different challenges, some of which the staff or the students will have never dealt with before.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Commissioning and Public Health Team will continue to pull together the latest useful guidance, training and links to support schools to deal with the challenges they or their students may face.

This area will be updated regularly as more information is received and collated.

The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Commissioning Team have been working to devise a questionnaire for Children and Young People so their views and perspectives can be incorporated into the redesigned Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-Being Service which will be in place by the end of June 2021.

It is hoped that as many children and young people as possible will be provided with the opportunity to complete the survey throughout their return to school in September so that their responses can help shape the future of the Service.

The link to the survey is here:


The majority of the questions are multiple choice although some students may require assistance to complete the survey. There are also some questions that focus on the experiences and responses which young people have had to Covid 19.

It is the intention to undertake a full analysis of the survey results at the end of September.




The Department for Education, in collaboration with NHS England and Public Health England, hosted this free webinar for school and college staff on 9 July on how to support returning pupils and students mental wellbeing. You will hear from experts on the impacts of the pandemic on children and young people’s mental wellbeing and recovery techniques, and from education leaders about the actions they have been taking.

This link provides resources and support for students wellbeing focuesed on returning to school and trauma and in the long term


Cambridgeshire County Council PE Guidance for returning in September

PE Guidance September 20 and school return   

Emerging Minds COVID-19 Webinar Series



This free online course explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on wellbeing and mental health at an individual, group and societal level and provides strategies and advice on how to deal with the anxiety and uncertainty of COVID-19, cope with its challenges, and ultimately prepare for life after coronavirus.


The course is scheduled over a 3 week period, averaging 2 hours study time per week and covers:

  • Week 1: The Psychological Impact of COVID-19
  • Week 2: Steps to Take to Cope with COVID-19
  • Week 3: What Next? Preparing for Life after COVID-19

Completion of the course should enable participants to:

  • Improve understanding of the psychological impact of COVID-19 on wellbeing and mental health in society
  • Develop knowledge of the impact of COVID-19 on themselves and those around them
  • Improve ability to apply knowledge around managing their own wellbeing and mental health during COVID-19
  • Improve understanding of the psychological impact of COVID-19 on their support network, work colleagues and local community
  • Engage with peers to create learning opportunities with others interested in mental health and COVID-19
  • Reflect on the experiences of others regarding COVID-19

For more information visit:



See, Hear, Respond is a service provided by Barnardo’s and a group of national and local community-based organisations in response to Covid-19. The programme has been created to help children and young people in England who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during lockdown by providing support to those who are not being seen by schools or other key agencies.




A team of (educational and child) 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 the COVID-19 Lockdown.

The 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.

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.

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/gzBnXbI2Epg.

The notes and resource document below is downloadable and accompanies the webinar modules –

Webinar notes and resources   

The team have compiled a document of the local and national services supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus and in the weeks to follow as schools gradually return.

Now we’re talking Mental Health   

Also visit www.keep-your-head.com which is regularly updated.


Oxfordshire Hospital School have produced a toolkit for meeting the emotional challenge.

Oxford Hospital School Toolkit   

Visit their website http://www.ohs.oxon.sch.uk/from-covid-19-back-to-the-classroom

Psychology in Schools Support Pack from Suffolk Learning

A team of NSFT staff, including clinical psychologists, have put together a support package in collaboration with the West Suffolk schools they are working in.

The support pack includes:

  • Leadership Team briefing document
  • Welcome back guideline for staff
  • Back to school assembly for students

Suffolk Learning Psychology Support Pack

Creative Education SWAN Training for a safe and successful return to school


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