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Supporting your child’s mental health as they return to school during COVID-19

UNICEF has published advice on how parents can help their children navigate their feelings during school reopenings.

The coronavirus outbreak has caused major disruptions to daily life and children are feeling these changes deeply. While the return to school will be not only welcome but exciting for many students, others will be feeling anxious or frightened. UNICEF has put together a series of tips to help your children navigate some of the complicated emotions they may be facing with going back to school. Issues covered include:

  • My child is scared to go back to school. How can I help him feel at ease?
  • My child’s school is recommending the wearing of protective clothing, which is making my child feel more nervous. What should I say to her?
  • How can I encourage my child to follow precautions (such as frequent handwashing, physical distancing, etc.) at school without alarming her?
  • My child is not part of the same group as his close friends returning to school and is feeling even more isolated. How can he feel more connected to the classroom and his friends?
  • How can I gently check in to see how my child is coping?
  • Is there anything I should look out for as my child starts back at school?
  • My child is worried about bullying at school and online, how can I talk to them about it?

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Community Foundation: Enviresearch




The Enviresearch Fund will support activities that inspire 10 to 13-year-old children to learn about science by adding that extra wow factor to the school curriculum on science.

This is through visits to the museums, science field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside of school.

This is a rolling programme, there are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Between £750 and £1,000, with one or two larger grants of up to £4,000 made

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North Tyneside Learning Trust: School Governors

North Tyneside Learning Trust, an initiative aimed at improving the education and life chances of young people in North Tyneside, is seeking enthusiastic and committed volunteers to appoint to the governing bodies of some of the borough’s schools. A registered charity, the North Tyneside Learning Trust appoints two governors to each of the 43 separate local schools, and currently has several vacancies across primary, secondary and special schools.

Trust Governors have a broad range of different skills and expertise and the Trust is particularly keen to hear from individuals with finance, HR, property and facilities management backgrounds. If you are interested, or for further information please contact Jacqui Sugden at jacqui.sugden@ntlearningtrust.org.uk for an informal chat.

Trust Governor Application form

The Role of Trust Governor

Current vacancies

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