Advice and Guidance for Pupils Returning to School in September 2020

Starting high school is a very exciting time for students, but sometimes it can be a worrying time too, and not just for students but for parents/carers too. This September pupils may have specific concerns due to the Covid19 pandemic.

The BBC and YoungMinds have created some extremely useful resources that can help to support your child. Please click on the links below to access videos created for both students and parents/carers to aid this transition. The videos and articles are aimed at alleviating the most common worries that students


BBC Bitesize videos for students  

  • Coronavirus – back to school questions answered

  • Making new friends

  • The size of the school

  • Favourite thing about secondary school

  • A year 7 day in the life

  • The truth about starting secondary school

  • Will I lose my old friends?

  • Coping with classwork

  • What to do if you are being bullied

  • Older students advice to new starters

  • Developing friendships

BBC Bitesize videos for parents/carers

  • Survival guide and cheat sheet

  • Supporting a child moving to secondary school

  • Starting secondary school with special educational needs

  • Top tips for mobile phones and online safety


YoungMinds Videos

  • Finding your feet

  • How to make friends Hacks


Mentally healthy Schools

Mentally Healthy Schools was originally developed in partnership between the Anna Freud Centre, Young Minds, Place2Be and The Royal Foundation as a legacy project of the Heads Together campaign. From 1st April 2020 the Anna Freud Centre took full responsibility and ownership of the development and delivery of the Mentally Healthy Schools website. It is a great website that has numerous resources that you can access and download.

The link below takes you to a newsletter that has many resources that you could work through with your child over the summer in preparation to starting school in September.