Help at hand as South Tyneside children head back to school
Mon 08th March 2021
Help is at hand for children facing anxiety or worries as they return to school this week. With the borough’s pupils returning after their routines were disrupted by the latest lockdown, health and education leaders are determined to make sure schools are well prepared for anyone who needs help.
Dr Jim Gordon, a local GP and clinical lead for NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Every parent knows how important a familiar routine is for children, and the past year has brought changes and disruptions that none of us were expecting.
“For most children, this will be a welcome return to a more normal life, but for others the change in routine and new restrictions may bring feelings of anxiety and worry.
“That’s why we want to make sure that schools have all the help they need to spot problems and offer a helping hand where that is needed.”
From this week, all teachers and school staff will have access to Stronger Schools, a new online resource with guidance to help them respond to any health or wellbeing concerns about their pupils. The service will also be used by social services and health professionals to ensure support is there when it’s needed.
South Tyneside Councillor Moira Smith, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families explains: “After a year full of change, disruption and lots of new rules, it’s more important than ever to support each other as children settle back into school again.
“Our schools are keen to support children through these unusual times, and Stronger Schools offers clear step-by-step guidance and high quality resources, on all aspects of wellbeing, to help teachers and their colleagues to help children who may be finding things difficult.
“We want to encourage open and positive conversations about wellbeing within the classroom, and make it easier to have discussions with parents, carers and families and provide support strategies if that will help.
“If you are worried about your child’s wellbeing, it’s well worth having a chat with your GP or the child’s class teacher for further support and advice.”
For more information please contact the Stronger Schools team at firstname.lastname@example.org