If you feel like you need extra support to cope at school after lockdown, read on….
Many young people have had a really tough time during coronavirus lockdown. You may have struggled with anxiety, found it difficult being at home all the time or missed out on help from your support networks. You may have been worried about people close to you getting sick, or even have lost a loved one because of coronavirus.
Whatever the reason, if you’re finding coming out of lockdown and going back to school difficult, you might need extra support to help you cope with returning to school. You can speak to your school about how you are feeling. They should listen and look at the type of support that might help you.
First steps: finding out if you need extra support
To better understand what support you might need, your school might suggest a special kind of assessment by an educational psychologist, social worker, mental health or other health worker. This is nothing to worry about. It’s just a way to help the school work out how best to help you.
Getting help to ask the school to find out what support you need
If you are over the age of 12 you can ask the school yourself to assess your needs. If you’re aged 12 – 15 you can get help from My Rights, My Say to speak to your school about your needs or ask for an assessment.