School can be a source of support, belonging, learning and community for young people. However, every young person will worry about things that happen at school from time to time. For some, school can become challenging or distressing over a longer period. 

If your child is struggling at school, the important thing is to recognise that there’s a problem to be solved, and to work with your child and the school to find the right support as soon as you can. 

7 tips to help secondary students cope with returning to school  

This website explains what children could be worried about with the prospect of returning to school. 

Young Minds ‘Find your Feet’ 
Find Your Feet is a digital programme Young Minds deliver. The programme focuses on change and the transition from primary to secondary school. It aims to help young people cope with the changes associated with moving from primary to secondary school, and any other changes and challenges they may face in life. 

Education for a Connected World - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

UK Council for Internet Safety – Education for a connected world – A framework to equip children and young people for digital life. 

How to support your child's study with school closures and exam cancellations 

Resources that support with reassuring and supporting a teenager ‘More than ever, your teen needs your strength and encouragement to reassure them that, during these unsettled times, they still have a bright and positive future ahead.’ 

The Parent’s Guide To: ‘Reframing the narrative’ 

A powerful way to improve your child’s mental health through Covid-19. 

Online Course for Parents (solihullapproachparenting.com) 

Online course for parents of children aged 6 months to 19 years. The first online course for parents to be awarded the Government’s CANparent Quality Mark. Developed by the Solihull Approach team; health professionals working together with parents and practitioners. It is available in several languages. 

They describe their online course as one ‘for curious parents, for Dads who want to be the best Dads they can be, for Mums who want to be the best Mums they can be’.

What is CALM? - Campaign Against Living Miserably (thecalmzone.net) 

CALM acknowledges that anyone can hit crisis point. They run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week – for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems.  They support those bereaved by suicide through the SASP – Support After Suicide Partnership.

Last updated: 23 March 2021