On 25th August, the DfE announced the start of a new Wellbeing for Education Return scheme to support pupils and teachers as they head back to school this term.
Created in collaboration with health partners, mental health experts and local authorities, the £8 million scheme is designed to provide schools all over England with access to resources and knowledge to help support the emotional response both teachers and pupils may be facing as a result of the pandemic.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
"It is a national priority to ensure all children are back in their classrooms in September, because that is the best place for them to be for their education, development and wellbeing. But this pandemic has impacted people in different ways, particularly young people dealing with the disruption of the last few months but also on our dedicated teachers and education staff, who have responded heroically to the challenges."
"By investing in this tailored training programme, we can help schools and colleges to support their pupils effectively, enabling them to have sensitive and open conversations with pupils."
Learn more about the Wellbeing for Education Return programme.