1. Advice for schools and colleges
  2. Schools in Mind booklets
  3. Running an Alternative Provision during lockdown
  4. Mental health and the coronavirus research bite #1
  5. Mentally Healthy Schools
  6. Additional support

Advice for schools and colleges

School and colleges are having to work in new ways and develop new relationships in the lockdown. We have published a series of resources to help support staff and to provide them with information about how to work with children and young people, include those with SEN, and materials to share with parents and carers.

Download and share our advice for schools and colleges

Schools in Mind booklets

Our Schools in Mind team have compiled a range of guidance and advice to help those working in a school or college setting.  Please click on the booklets below to download.

Sharing good practice and looking to the future

Managing unexpected endings and transitions

Supporting staff wellbeing in schools

Supporting schools and colleges

Supporting the most vulnerable children and young people

Managing the transition back to school

7 ways to support children and young people who are worried

Helping children and young people to manage anxiety

Looking after each other and ourselves

Coronavirus: supporting pupils' mental health and wellbeing

Join Schools in Mind

Schools in Mind is a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their care.

Register to join the free Schools in Mind network.

Running an Alternative Provision during lockdown

This practical guide, developed by Pears Family School, founded by the Anna Freud Centre, is for Alternative Provisionwho are continuing to operate during the Coronavirus outbreak.

It offers an example of how to assess which students can be safely cared for at home; how to support vulnerable children and families; and how to work with families and deliver a balanced curriculum, structure and routine at home.

Download and share our guide for Alternative Provision schools

Mental health and the coronavirus research bite #1

Self-management strategies for young people experiencing anxiety

Many strategies have been suggested for helping with anxiety, including social support, apps, exercise, the arts, relaxation and mindfulness.

Evidence suggests that online courses (e.g. computerised CBT) and various kinds of physical exercise could help young people who are feeling anxious. However, many of the self-management strategies available to young people haven’t been evaluated, or where they have, often there isn’t strong enough evidence to help us understand their effectiveness. This doesn’t mean that these strategies aren’t useful for young people who are struggling with anxiety, it mostly means they haven’t been explored enough through research. Motivation is quite important in the success of interventions so young people being able to choose strategies they enjoy might help.

Download and share our research bite

Click to view the Centre's previous research What Works for Me: The self-care approaches used by children and young people or to view our self-care resource for young people which was written by young people.

Mentally Healthy Schools

Toolkits for primary schools

Mentally Healthy Schools features a range of quality-assured mental health and wellbeing resources for primary school staff, parents, carers and children.

To support school staff, parents and carers during these uncertain times the Mentally Healthy Schools team are producing fortnightly, curated toolkits of useful, practical resources.

The toolkits have covered many different topics including how to talk to children about coronavirus, managing anxiety and improving wellbeing during this time and supporting vulnerable children and children with SEND. 

Access and download the toolkits on the Mentally Healthy Schools website.

Additional support

Discover more about the advice and support we're providing to young people, parents and carers, those working in early years settings, mental health professionals and researchers.

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