The current Coronavirus crisis, and subsequent school closures, lockdown and periods of self-isolation are a challenge to all of our wellbeing. Below we’re collecting some of the helpful resources and infographics that we’re using to stay healthy and positive.
We hope you find them useful, and if there’s something that has helped you then please share it with us. We’ll update this blog as we go along.
Strategies for teacher wellbeing:
“Ten Strategies for Educators’ Wellbeing: A Handbook for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak“. This is a valuable, accessible guide to strategies for teachers and leaders to build their resilience and maintain wellbeing during school closures and remote working.
5 wellbeing rules for teachers working from home – TES’ tips for those making the transition to remote working.
Wellbeing for children:
Unicef’s 8 tips for talking to children about Coronavirus has some good, general guidelines which may be of help to educators.
The children’s commissioner’s guide to Coronavirus for children aims ‘aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home’.
Young Minds – the amazing charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health – has a great set of really specific articles on wellbeing and managing your mental health during the crisis.
Thinking resilient: activities for wellbeing from Girl Guiding has some great resources around self-calming, meditation, and helping children think about what they can (and can’t) control.
Download: Advice and ideas for families who are self-isolating (some great suggestions in here, like daily challenges and podcasts for teenagers!).
Headspace is offering teachers in the UK free access to their programmes during the Coronavirus crisis. It has a wide range of benefits like reducing anxiety and stress and helping improve sleep.
The Mindfulness in Schools Project are hosting daily online mindfulness sessions at 11am every weekday, suitable for anyone – experienced mindfulness practitioners or absolute beginners.
We’re here to help. We are hosting a series of virtual meetings for teachers and leaders in primary and secondary schools and trusts, to share ideas and challenges with national peers.
During this crisis, we are making these meetings open to all schools (WE members or not) who feel they would benefit from talking to colleagues. Get in touch to get involved.