Returning to school or college

Returning to school following the coronavirus lockdown will be a stressful time for many pupils and students of all ages.

These resources may help you, or someone you know, support a child to continue to grow and develop under lockdown, and also help prepare them to return to the classroom.

SWLCCG and Achieving for Children held six transition workshops to help children, young people and their parents to prepare for the transition from primary school to secondary schools.

Not all schools will be able to provide transition workshops at the beginning of the school year due to social distancing measures, so we hope that sharing the presentations from these sessions may help some people discover strategies to manage any worries or problems they might encounter.

We recommend downloading the accompanying workbook which can be used to complete the activities in the presentations.

SWLCCG and Achieving for Children have also published a guide for pupils returning to secondary school after lockdown.

Resource packs

Achieving for Children has developed a resource pack to help parents and carers support their children, especially those in the adolescent phase of development (11-14yrs). The pack is being published over ten weeks – each week including a presentation and accompanying worksheet to work through together.

We recommend reading each presentation before working through the accompanying worksheet with your child.

Islington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has published a workbook full of exercises to help parents support children transitioning from primary to secondary school.

Deaf children

National Deaf Children’s Society has published a guide for families supporting deaf children during the outbreak.

Official guidance has published official guidance to help you support you child during the pandemic. has published official guidance for critical workers who need access to schools or educational settings during the pandemic.

General advice

Achieving for Children has published guidance for teachers in Kingston and Richmond on students transitioning back to school after the pandemic.

Anna Freud has published a guide to supporting children and young people, including those with special educational needs, for schools and colleges.

Healthy London Partnership has published a schools mental health toolkit specifically for COVID-19.

Support for deaf children

National Deaf Children’s Society has published a guide for professionals supporting deaf children during the outbreak.

Visit for more guidance and information about education during the coronavirus pandemic.