Wellbeing for Education Return Programme
As schools across the country are preparing to fully re-open again for the new academic year the government has announced an 8 million pound backed programme which will provide schools and colleges the resources needed to support their staff and students with the emotional impacts of Coronavirus. The programme will be led by trained mental health professionals and experts and made available from September. 
The autumn will be the first time many students and teachers have been with their peers and colleagues since the school closures in March to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The mental health impacts of the pandemic have been wide reaching and the Wellbeing for Education Return programme aims to help staff in schools deal with the pressures students and teachers may be experiencing from bereavement, stress, anxiety or trauma over the last few months. 
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson stressed that it is a "national priority" for children to return to the classroom in September as the school is "the best place for them to be for their education, development and wellbeing". However, in his announcement he acknowledged the profound impact the pandemic has had on people's lives and the disruption it has caused many. By launching this programme Gavin hopes the government can help schools to support pupils and staff effectively with whatever mental and emotional challenges they are facing as a result of the pandemic. 
Students Returning to School
Children's Minister Vicky Ford stressed that while there is no simple solution to solving ill mental health, by providing this scheme the government is "adding to the wealth of resources available". 
The way the scheme will work on a practical level is by offering training to every school and college in England to help support student wellbeing, resilience, and recovery as a result of Covid-19. Nominated staff will receive training through webinars and interactive online sessions which can then be shared more widely with colleagues. The training received will give teachers the key tools to offer support to students who need it the most. 
We would love to hear your thoughts on this programme. Do you think it is a good idea? Should we be concerned about the impacts of the pandemic on students' mental health? 
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