Well at School Blog
A chronic illness is wearing. It isn’t going to go away soon. It isn’t something that can be cured after a course of treatment. Chronic illness is long term and affects a person’s physical and mental health. Conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Disease, Crohns or IBD, Diabetes, Asthma and Epilepsy are all chronic health conditions that impact the lives of many school, college and university students.
As schools prepare for more students to come through the doors it might be a good time to reflect on what has been almost a year of life with Covid-19. Most of us never imagined many students would spend the year mainly learning at home or those attending school would be learning under restrictions that stifled collaborative learning experiences or the development of friendships.
Though it’s often easier to see what Covid-19 has taken away, its well worth looking at what it has helped to develop.
As the school term and 2020 draw to a close it seems a good time to stop and reflect. Who could have imagined that school would become the kitchen table, the bedroom or a quiet corner somewhere? Instead of playtime and chats on the school bus, friendships would be kept alive through Instagram and TikTok. It’s been a year like no other for everyone. Read more:
Check out our updated Learning at Home resource page.
Although schools and colleges have resumed face-to-face teaching some students will need to self-isolate for periods of time due to Covid 19, while others living with chronic health conditions may be advised by their health teams to continue their learning from home.
An insight into teaching at a London Hospital School during these most unusual times. Chelsea Community Hospital School (CCHS) now has seven sites spread across the borough of Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the City of Westminster in London, UK.
I am the lead teacher at one of CCHS’s new sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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...
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...
With its 30 recommendations, the Timpson review of school exclusion gives us plenty to think about. Read more.
Assistant Heads from CCHS recently attended the ‘Integration and Inclusion for Children with Medical Conditions in School’ conference in Oxford.
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.
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.