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Students describe their experiences

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Students describe their experience of lockdown, returning to school and hopes for the future.
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Back to School

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As many children and young people gradually return to school over the coming weeks there is one thing we can be sure of, they will all have had a unique experience of the recent period of lockdown. This experience will inform how they feel about returning to school and what support they may need to manage the transition back to learning in the classroom.
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A year 10 student returns to school for their one allotted week

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Read an account from a  year 10 student on their experience of returning to school for their one allotted week in the summer term.

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Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

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We are delighted to publish a new Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) section, which was written by Catherine Dunbar, Advanced Occupational Therapist at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust.
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Children and young people's views about returning to school as lockdown is lifted.

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Phoenix Education Consultancy wrote a blog post for us on the findings of their survey exploring children and young people's views on returning to school as lockdown is lifted.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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We are delighted to publish a new Chronic Fatigue Syndrome section, which was written by Prof. Esther Crawley, Dr Roxanne Parslow, Dr Maria Loades and Amberly Brigden at the Centre for Academic Child Health www.bristol.ac.uk/academic-child-health

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Learning at Home - SEND

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Here are some Resources on Supporting Children and Young People with SEND which we we think can supplement the work many schools are providing. We will be reviewing and adding to this resource list over the coming weeks.

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Learning at Home - All Subjects

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Here are some Resouces Covering a Range of Subjects we think can supplement the work many schools are providing. We will be reviewing and adding to this resource list over the coming weeks.

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Learning at Home - Science

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Here are some Science Resources we think can supplement the work many schools are providing. We will be reviewing and adding to this resource list over the coming weeks.

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Learning at Home - Art, Drama and Music

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Here are some Art, Drama and Music Resources we think can supplement the work many schools are providing. We will be reviewing and adding to this resource list over the coming weeks.

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Learning at Home - Maths and Computer Science

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Here are some Maths and Computer Science Resources we think can supplement the work many schools are providing, as standalone projects. We will be reviewing and adding to this resource list over the coming weeks.

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Learning at Home - English

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Here are some English Resources we think can supplement the work many schools are providing, as standalone projects. We will be reviewing and adding to this resource list over the coming weeks.

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Supporting Learning at Home

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We have put together information from trusted sources that parents and carers will find useful for supporting learning at home in the weeks ahead.
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Well at School - the latest advice and guidance during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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During these days of heightened anxiety due to the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) the Well at School team will continue to bring you information and advice that can help support school staff and parents and carers. We will be updating this blog post as the situation develops with information, advice and resources that reflect the situation being faced by those working with and caring for children and young people, both at home and at school.

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State of the Nation 2019: Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Research Report

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The picture is complex.  This is the overall finding of the report on the wellbeing of children and young people today. For those working with young people in schools and other settings, this is unlikely to come as a surprise...Read more

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Mental Healthcare in Young People and Young Adults

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For anyone working with young people, this recent report from the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) will make an interesting read. It uses routinely collected national datasets to give a national picture of the quality of physical and mental healthcare currently provided, and how patients with mental health conditions use these services. Read more...

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

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We have created a new 'Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)' section in our list of conditions. We have revised and re-written the details on Crohn's Disease and also included information on Ulcerative Colitis.

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The Medical Needs in Schools project's new self-evaluation tool

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Steve Lowe from the Oxfordshire Hospital School explains their new self-evaluation tool developed by the Medical Needs in Schools project. MniS is a collaboration between Oxfordshire Hospital School and Children’s Psychological Medicine – Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Read more...

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#FridayConversation

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We recently presented Well at School at the RSA Rawthmells Friday Conversations and enjoyed a stimulating conversation about mental health and wellbeing in schools.
If you would like us to present at your organisation / event please get in touch.

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Getting the best for your child - advice for parents and carers

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Parents/carers of children living with chronic and acute medical and mental health needs face a range of challenges getting them the best care and support. Read more here...

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Youth Mental Health First Aider course

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One of our teachers, Marie, recently attended NIMH's Youth Mental Health First Aiders course. Read her review here.

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Can we rise to the challenge of the Timpson Review?

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With its 30 recommendations, the Timpson review of school exclusion gives us plenty to think about. Read more.

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Baroness Mary Warnock

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We were saddened to hear of the passing of Baroness Mary Warnock. We remember her launching Well at School back in 2011. Read more.

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School Reintegration

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Great advice for teachers and SENCOs from Amy, the Reintegration Support Officer at CCHS, on helping students settle back into school after a time away for medical treatment.

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Wellbeing and Mental Health

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Our new Wellbeing and Mental Health section includes information on a range of school based interventions and the research supporting them.

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Integration and Inclusion for Children with Medical Conditions in School

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Assistant Heads from CCHS recently attended the ‘Integration and Inclusion for Children with Medical Conditions in School’ conference in Oxford.

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Understanding low mood and depression in young people

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Want to know more about low mood and depression in young people? The University of Reading and FutureLearn course Understanding low mood and depression in young people provides an accessible introduction to the subject.

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In Conversation... Reducing mental health problems in schools

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With the current focus on wellbeing and mental health programmes being delivered in schools, this podcast from ACAMH (The association of child and adolescent mental health) may be of interest to those working in Primary Schools.

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Advice for School SENDCO’s

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If you are new to the role of SENDCO or preparing to review your policy and procedures around medical and mental health needs see our new section Advice To Schools which includes a section for SENDCOs.

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Bully Free – an anti-bullying art project

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Bully Free is an exciting collaborative art project, which aims to promote awareness and open up discussion for young people about the seriousness of bullying.

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Social and Emotional Wellbeing

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Supporting Adolescent Learners: Social and Emotional Wellbeing. This short, free to access, online course by FutureLearn provides an opportunity to reflect on the specific needs of adolescent learners.

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International Workshop

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Join our international workshop on improving communications between hospital school and home school.

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10th International HOPE Congress

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We presented Well at School to the 10th International HOPE Congress in Vienna promoting it to collegues from hospital school throughout Europe.

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