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How to support people back to school after Covid-19

cack to school after covid 19 corona virus

With some green shoots starting to appear, there is some optimism about returning to work and school and normality starting to form. There is also understandably some real concern and anxieties about how this will happen safely. 

There will need to be sensitive conversations that support and consider the mental and physical well-being of people back to work and school, including communications with parents. 

School leaders and Year Group Leaders will need to guide, lead, and communicate in a way that helps staff, parents and children feel psychologically safe and creates direction. 

Soft skills will be crucial for schools as the UK plans for an eventual return to the school and work.  CIPD’s Peter Cheese said it well when he stated there are three important questions to ask before people return to work:  Is it essential? Is it safe? Is it mutually agreeable?  These are key questions everyone will need to answer well.

To support schools, Laughology has put together a two-part programme for leaders and staff in how to create psychologically safe environments virtually and physically.  The two-part programme covers skills for communicating in extraordinary times, supporting staff and parents to be flexible while protecting mental health and wellbeing.

The course will have cheat sheets with practical tips, activity sheets for working with staff and children and a School/Nursery Action Plan (SNAP) guide to download and use with parents and staff.   Find out more with our Mind the Gap - Back to Work virtual workshop.

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