Back to School March 2021

Resources to support schools during the return to School March 2021 and beyond

We'll keep updating as we come across new resources 

Tina Rae - A Real Covid Wellbeing Catch Up Plan 

A challenge to the current 'catch up' narrative hoping to offer a framework for what the research tells us will work in terms of ensuring children and young people can feel safe to learn and regulated enough to engage in academic learning. 

catch up plan imageHear more from Tina in this short YouTube film:


Pooky Knightsmith / Creative Education

There are a lot of excellent resources (short courses / videos / webinars) on the Creative Education website. Members of Cornwall's Wellbeing Hub can get full and free access to all content.  More infomation 

We were delighted to welcome Pooky to Cornwall (virtually) on Thusday 4th March. Download Pooky's Anxiety and School Return - 10 Ideas (pdf)

Tina Rae - Recovery Plan

Recovery Plan to support #schoolsreopeninguk & acknowledging that they have never been closed Hope it is helpful & can be used widely 11 minute video can also be shared with staff

A good place to find BTS resources and ideas:

Recovery Curriculum Facebook Group 


Wellbeing Quick Wins

PHE launches new Psychological First Aid training

Get Psychological First Aid training to support children and young people’s mental health during emergencies and crisis situations. Free (3 Hours)

Psychological first aid for children and young-people


Nicola Stewart 

Think of the children - pastoral considerations for the return to school by Nicola Stewart

Helpful blog with practical advice and good resources to link to.

Supporting our school communities for reintegration and connection during COVID19

Nicola originally wrote this blog back in June but again some good information and useful resources. 


Nicola has also created a padlet where she is linking to a wide range of return to school resources e.g.: (click on image to download pdf)

NS Back to School graphic

The Little Elf story is all about returning to school with some ideas within for parents to share with their child. Something for parents and children to read over the next week before returning to school to open up discussions about how they are feeling. The class could then perhaps read it as a class on the first day back and have a larger group discussion about it. 

The Little Elf and the Flowers of Hope (pdf) 


Lenny and Lily: children's stories for recovery — Beyond Words (

Lenny and Lily in Lockdown and Lenny and Lily Return to School will help children make sense of their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, communicate their feelings and prepare for more change as they go back to the classroom. As the stories are told in pictures alone, it is not necessary for children to be able to read words to enjoy them. They are appropriate for pupils in both mainstream and special education settings.

Supporting text at the end of each story gives teaching staff and parents guidance on how to use the stories with children.

Download both stories for free.


Heads Up Kids

'Big Back to School Feelings': Our feelings about returning to school - a short video and classroom activity 

Mentally Healthy Schools 

Back to School Resources


Positive Young Minds - Simple, Succinct Points to Support Back to School (blog post)

(A couple of good graphics on de-escalation)


ELSA Suppport Website 

Mostly resources for primary. There a mix of free and paid for resources (to download) with a focus on back to school

TIS Recognising and Responding to Anxiety

TIS BTS Graphic


TIS Anxiety part 2



The Window of Tolerance

WOT in challenging times

Something to consider? (question asked of Pooky Knightsmith on Twitter) 

BTS impact on cheildren who've been in school

back to school resource pack (pdf)


Sleep information for parents

Helping your child get the sleep they need: a parent's guide  (Online article)


Covid and Back to School - a guide for schools (pdf - developed in Manchester) 


BTS Idea