Schools and Settings
Summary of relevant literature and research regarding transition back to school
Babcock Educational Psychology Team - July 2020
Guidance on supporting EHWB for staff and pupils in Devon’s schools
The Babcock Educational Psychology Service and SEMH Advisory Team have produced guidance for schools and settings on supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of staff and pupils. As a result of the ongoing interruptions to education and systemic challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, there is now a greater need for senior leaders to review their settings’ approach to emotional health and wellbeing. Whilst this document is not driven by Covid-19 specific issues, it can be used to support children, young people and adults affected by the pandemic and lockdown period.
This document provides evidence based guidance for education settings and providers on ways to effectively support the emotional health and wellbeing of staff and pupils. It is structured around a 7 Factor Model for effective emotional health and wellbeing underpinned by research, and signposts schools to resources and support from local and national organisations.
How can schools use this document?
This document can be used by school governors, senior leaders, SEN and pastoral staff to:
- Understand the current local and national context around emotional health and wellbeing.
- Identify areas of strength and weakness within their current provision for the emotional health and wellbeing of staff and pupils which can feed into targeted CPD and school action plans.
- Develop and embed an ‘assess, plan, do, review’ process for students with emotional health and wellbeing needs and identify resources to understand and assess need.
- Identify evidence based assessments and interventions to support emotional health and wellbeing.
- Understand a graduated response to emotional health and wellbeing e.g. universal, targeted and specialist support, including when referrals need to be made to other agencies.
- Clarify support from and signpost to local and national organisations.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing Pathway
The Emotional Health and Wellbeing Pathway has been developed in partnership with colleagues from CAMHS, School Nursing and Public Health to support education settings to identify need, implement effective interventions and source appropriate external support in a graduated way. The Pathway follows the I THRIVE Framework which is a person centred and needs led approach to supporting mental health needs.
One More Step - Yr 6 Transition Booklet
Planning for Returning to School Parental Checklist
Supporting the Return to School through Meeting SEMH Needs
Back to School during COVID-19 : A booklet for schools
updated 8 June 2020
Practical Activities for Schools - informed by psychology
updated 15 June 2020