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BPS guidance on helping children return to school in Scotland

16 June 2020

As Scottish schools plan for children to return on the 11 August, the British Psychological Society has today published practical advice and support for staff in education services on the best ways to help children return to school.

The paper, produced by the BPS Scottish Division of Educational Psychology (SDECP), provides a psychological perspective on managing this transition compassionately and taking account of the whole school community.

It outlines how psychological theories can help with this process and provides practical advice about how these can be used to support school communities to become more resilient as they reconnect and recover.

It is designed to complement the Scottish Government’s Education Recovery Group Strategic Framework in which school staff are encouraged to think about the needs of the most vulnerable families and children with additional support needs who may have been more affected in this health crisis.

Alison Crawford, chair of SDECP and principal educational psychologist for Glasgow city said:

“Transition is a complex, dynamic process and the Covid-19 pandemic brought about unprecedented change across the globe for everyone.

This change was immediate, unplanned and beyond anyone’s control.

Our guidance will help school communities plan for a gradual return of children and staff to some degree of classroom based learning, good practice in relation to planning transitions, supporting wellbeing and identifying individual needs.”

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