Supporting the wellbeing of school communities as schools reopen
Promoting the wellbeing of our school communities is a fundamental element of the department’s overall plan to ensure a successful return to school as we continue to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can see wellbeing toolkits for primary and post primary schools here.
We have also included an additional resource to supplement the Wellbeing Toolkits in supporting the wellbeing of students with special educational needs.
These are guidelines for teachers that focus on promoting:
a sense of safety
a sense of calm
a sense of belonging and connectedness
a sense of self-efficacy and community-efficacy
a sense of hope
The Toolkits comprise of a combination of NEPS-developed materials and information collated from other acknowledged sources that promote natural resilience for all and recovery for those with additional educational needs.
The Toolkits are intended as a guide for school staff and is not prescriptive or exhaustive. It recognises that school staff may have already prepared suitable materials that align with the department’s recommended approach.
The Toolkit activities can be adapted according to the age and developmental needs of children and young people in the school community. The way we interact with children and young people is fundamental to wellbeing promotion, building resilience and recovery.
We have therefore included information on psychological theories and models to guide the interaction with children and young people. The Toolkits also reference additional resources which will support this work.
An additional companion resource to supplement the Wellbeing Toolkits in supporting the wellbeing of students with special educational needs has also been developed.
Returning to school after COVID-19 school closure wellbeing toolkit for primary schools
Within the context of supporting the wellbeing of school communities the department services will work with schools over the coming academic year in phases as follows:
Phase 1: School reopening to Hallowe’en
Phase 2: Hallowe’en to end of December 2020
Phase 3: January 2021 to end of academic year
These directories and catalogues of online supports outline wellbeing CPD and provision for post primary schools, primary / special schools and parents during phase 1. This information will be updated as we move to phase 2 and are subject to change.
Directory of Wellbeing CPD and Support for Primary Schools in Returning and Settling into School