Helping with the Return to School - Presentations for Teachers, Parents/Guardians and SNAs on Helping Young People Return to School


A number of useful presentations for teachers, Parents/Guardians and SNAs have been developed by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and the HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), in partnership with Kilkenny Education Centre. The COVID-19 pandemic and the responses to it have radically changed society and the education landscape.

These presentations have been developed to assist, inform and guide adults who are in contact with children who are transitioning from Primary to Post Primary school, but they will also be useful for Parents/Guardians and teachers of all children and young people who are returning to school following the COVID-19 school closures.

Schools may find it useful to share these links with Parents/Guardians, teachers, SNAs and all other stakeholders in school communities. Information and knowledge will help ease the return to school for our young people.


Preparing and Supporting Students with ASD During COVID-19 Times

Presented by a NEPS Psychologist, this presentation deals with the issue of transition in uncertain times and preparing and supporting students with ASD for the move to Post Primary school during the time of COVID-19.


Adolescence and Developmental Changes

This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Kilkenny Education Centre. It gives a psychological perspective on adolescence and developmental changes that coincide with the transition to Post Primary school.


Practical Approaches to Good Nutrition

This presentation, delivered by a CAMHS Senior Dietitian, explores factors which affect dietary choices.


What to Expect - Supporting Your Child

This presentation, by HSE Social Care Workers, explores preparing for the school move to Post Primary school, supporting your child's education, school and friendships.


Information, Tips and Strategies for Self-Regulation and Organisation

Presented by a CAMHS Senior Occupational Therapist, this presentation covers the themes of Self-Regulation and Organisation, and how you can help your child to make school more manageable.


Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Teachers

This presentation is offered by the Carlow/Kilkenny NEPS Team as part of their program of supports for school communities in the context of COVID-19.


Department of Education and Skills (DES) Resources

Wellbeing for Schools

The Department of Education and Skills have recently made a Wellbeing webinar for Primary schools and a Wellbeing webinar for Post Primary schools available on their website. There is also a Wellbeing Toolkit for both Primary and Post Primary schools available, which are comprised of a combination of NEPS-developed materials and information collated from other acknowledged sources, that promote natural resilience for all and recovery for those with additional educational needs.


Back to School Advice to Parents/Guardians

The Department of Education and Skills also have various videos on back to school advice on their website for Parents/Guardians of both Primary and Post Primary school students.


Planned School Reopening

In the context of planned school reopening, there are a range of materials available for schools to support communication with Parents/Guardians and students, and to reinforce public health messaging. These include video messages from public health doctors on the safety of schools, posters/digital graphics and digital animations and videos

Posters can be printed and the digital resources can be emailed and/or uploaded to school channels such as Aladdin Connect or Seesaw, as well as on social media channels.

Further material is being added to this list; all materials will be available on the DES website here, and on the Department's Twitter feed.


National Council for Special Education (NCSE) Resources

The NCSE have a range of resources on their website here which have been prepared to help all children, including children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), prepare for the transition back to school. School staff will find their Useful Resources to Support Children to Return to School following COVID-19 School Closure leaflet, which includes a number of resources to support all children to have a positive transition back to school, particularly useful at this time.



Step Up to Secondary School Resources

Step Up to Secondary School is a new school transition website available to use as a simple resource for Sixth Class students and their Parents/Guardians. Sixth Class teachers may find this website useful if they are covering the transition from Primary to Post Primary school with students in the final Term of the 2020-21 academic year. The website was developed in June 2020 as part of the Planet Youth project, largely in part as a result of COVID-19 curtailing school transition work that would typically happen before the Summer Break. In June 2021, a Stepping Up to Secondary School Webinar took place for any Sixth Class Parent/Guardian who wished to support their child/ren with the move from Primary to Post Primary school. The webinar included a panel discussion with an Adolescent Psychotherapist, a Youth Coach and a School Chaplain. You can view a recording of this webinar on the Planet Youth website here.

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