Renfrewshire Council

Last reviewed: 4.45pm, Tuesday 13 October 2020

Learning, health and wellbeing of children during the pandemic

How our education psychology service are using evidence-based wellbeing programmes to help children and young people recover from the impact of coronavirus and lockdown.

Learning and curriculum:

We know that the coronavirus pandemic and being away from school for so long has been a struggle for everyone, especially our children and young people. To support them at school and nursery, we are using evidence-based programmes that we know work. The levels of support will be different depending on the age of your child, however everyone will be supported to talk about their experiences of lockdown and to reconnect with friends and staff. 

We are here to support children, young people and their families. If you are struggling, please speak to your child's nursery or school. 

Learning for nursery children

Your children will continue to get the chance to connect with each other and extend their interests and motivation to learn. Nurseries will focus on the core areas of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing, allowing children to learn new skills and apply them through their play.

Children will only have access to toys and equipment that are easy to clean. Resources such as sand, water and play dough may be used but only by consistent groups of children - each nursery will do their own risk assessment on these.

Learning for primary school children

Schools will continue to focus on the evidence-based approaches already used to teach literacy and numeracy. They will also look to harness the benefits of outdoor learning - helping children be physically active, enjoy and learn about their natural environment, and relax.

We will help our new Primary 1 children settle in by supporting them to development positive relationships, and offering quality, play-based experiences.

Learning for secondary school children

Secondary school pupils will follow the normal curriculum and a full range of subject choices will be available. Personal and Social Education classes will focus on mental, emotional and social wellbeing, which we know will be important given the impact of lockdown.

For next year's national qualifications, Scottish Government have confirmed there will be no National 5 exams, however pupils sitting Highers and Advanced Highers will sit exams. We are waiting on further guidance on next year's national qualifications. When we have that information, we will let pupils and parents know as soon as possible.

Health and wellbeing programmes

Seasons for Growth

We use these workshops to support P5 to S6 pupils' emotions around change, loss, grief and trauma. It also promotes feelings of connectedness and will support pupils returning to school. Each workshop supports young people to identify strategies and people who can help them manage their feelings and adjust to our changed lives.

Living Life to the Full

This is an evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy programme that we are rolling out to all secondary schools during the school year 2020-21.

They also have a free online course for adults

Young children

We will continue to teach emotional literacy to pupils in primary school and nursery to help children to talk through their experiences of the pandemic and lockdown. 

We will use the recovery response resources available from these evidence-based programmes:

Counselling and support

Therapeutic counselling services is a new service available to all children and young people in Renfrewshire aged 10 and over. Please speak to your school if you would like to discuss accessing this service.

Speak to your school if you have any concerns about your child's or family's health and wellbeing. The coronavirus pandemic has been an extremely challenging time and we are here to support you. Our education psychology team can help you to get the right support and advice for your circumstances.