School’s Out for Summer
Posted on 17th July 2020 at 16:38
As the summer term comes to an end, our thoughts turn to head teachers who have spent five months with the emotional load of rethinking everything, thinking about every little detail of how to keep staff and children safe all the time.
Every week has seemed to bring about another load of different procedural changes, then there was the need to open for key workers’ children, then Reception, Year 1, and Year 6, then wider opening, and it must have been like jugging multiple schools simultaneously.
Not only has the building been under the spotlight, but so has providing a home school provision under the scrutiny of parents and the wider world.
Feeling Burned Out or Overwhelmed?
Just when you thought you were coming out of this, planning for full opening in September is underway, considering how to deliver the curriculum, planning for partial closures, local Lockdowns, staff, and children’s wellbeing… It would be understandable and perfectly acceptable if you’re feeling burned out and overwhelmed. We wanted to acknowledge this.
A Common Misconception of Leadership
There is a misconception that because you are a leader, you need to be seen to be strong. We wanted to tell you that you don’t need to strong, you need to be human and you need to be heard.
Here’s our summer ‘heart’work for you:
Take care of your basic needs. Sleep, eat and exercise
Don’t replace your feelings of stress with excess alcohol, cigarettes, or food, as this is likely to lead to you feeling worse in the longer term
Be honest with yourself about how you’re feeling and talk to someone who will listen without judging or interruption
Give yourself time to breathe, even if it’s sitting outside for five minutes and closing your eyes
Read our free Living Through Lockdown ebook for more ways to take care of yourself
We can also help you to prepare for September with our wealth of resources.
We are creating lots of resources that you can use before and after schools are fully open. These include posters, tips, articles, lesson plans, videos and more, which are being made available here.
If you have a specific need or want relating to the kind of resources you’d like to see, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. When Children Grieve Book
We have a definitive guide to helping children really deal with loss from the authors of the Grief Recovery Handbook and founders of the Grief Recovery Institute. You can order as many copies as you need from our online shop.
3. Helping Children Deal with Loss Programme
This programme for adults will teach you how to communicate with the children in your care about losses they have experienced and those they yet might face. Led by a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist this programme uses When Children Grieve as the textbook as you work through the process step by step over four weekly sessions. More information can be found here.
If you would like more information on how to help children through this challenging time, see our other articles:
- Open Ears - Bringing Emotional Literacy to the Classroom
- Children Need Routine AND Hugs
- If you’re going to be a swan, at least show children your webbed feet!
- Grief UK Launches 'Open Ears' for Schools
- Helping Schools to Support Children with Recovery After Lockdown
- 10 ‘Cry for Help’ Behaviours: Supporting Children After Lockdown
- What to do when your kids are clingy, angry and lashing out
- Help for Headteachers
- Being there for your colleagues at school
- Explaining School Opening to Young Children
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