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School Closure and Support Information

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School Closure Support and Information

With schools closed across the country, this is an extraordinary time for schools and their communities. We have gathered some information to support schools through this difficult time. If you have anything you would like us to include, or if you can share something you are doing, please get in touch using the contact page or emailing ingrid.sanfey@redwood.derby.sch.uk. We would love to hear from you.


Head over to our members-only forum to continue the discussion around children and young people's mental health, receive support from the user community, and post new and interesting topics.

   Home Education Support

5 Ways to Wellbeing - Family Guide for COVID-19

The Derby and Derbyshire Changing Lives service have produced a new 5 Ways to Wellbeing Guide for families specifically during school closures. It includes homeschooling activities and ideas for structuring timetables around the 5 Ways to wellbeing.
Please share copies of this with all your families:

Some other ideas include:

BBC Teach
- 'Five ways to keep your children occupied (and learning!) at home' -

BBC News
- The School of Mum and Dad -
- How to help kids cope with life without school -

Organisations that can help with homeschooling
- www.brainpop.com/ -
- www.tynker.com/ -
- www.creativebug.com/ -

   Links to the latest updates from the UK Government and NHS

Public Health have issued guidance on Mental Health specific to the COVID-19 outbreak, which includes guidance on keeping in touch, use of social media and additional advice for at-risk groups. Please view the full document here: COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Additional information include:
UK Government latest update
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do -

UK Government full guidance
- www.gov.uk -

NHS Website
- 'Advice for Everyone' -

   Support for Staff

The government mental health and wellbeing guidance for COVID-19 is packed full of information and support for staff as well as for families.

Please also head to our Staff Zone for support, including the NHS 'Every Mind Matters' website, which has guidance, support and information, including referral pathways for anyone affected by the current climate.