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Transition resources

Staffordshire County Council’s Recovery Plan has been devised in the context of Covid-19. This plan incorporates a number of projects across SCC services including the Educational Psychology Service to support educational settings in the aftermath of emergency restrictions. The EPS has devised materials in a number of areas with the aim of providing educational settings with support that can be accessed immediately in the new academic year, without the need to refer into the service directly.

We are aiming to provide an overview of the resources and documents available to support transition to school for children and young people following school closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Transition packages and booklets 


Government guidance 

Support for Schools / Teaching Staff / Professionals

  • BPS Guidance: ‘Talking to Children about Coronavirus’Advice for adults about talking to children about coronavirus.
  • Suffolk Learning - A team of staff, including clinical psychologists, have put together a support package in collaboration with the West Suffolk secondary schools they are working in. The support pack includes support for primary schools to:
    • Leadership Team briefing document
    • Welcome back guideline for staff
    • Back to school assembly for students
  • Association of Educational Psychologists - Information and resources specific to transition signposting to resources produced by authorities and schools
  • Star Stream Website - Range of Social Stories, Symbols, Worry Plans, transition guidance for schools and transition booklets for children to complete.
  • Creative EducationProvides videos and guidance to support implementing a safe, return to school using the SWAN framework
  • The Key – for school leaders - Top Tips for school leaders for talking to children about Covid-19
  • NCSEM (National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine) - Resources, videos and practice guidelines (parent leaflets available too). Supporting early years professionals with physical activity guidance and resources to help them lay the foundations for the future health and wellbeing of children in the early years. 
  • Leicestershire LA - Questions which may support staff/educational professionals’ knowledge, understanding and relationships with children and families who are involved in transitions to school.
  • British Association for Early Childhood Education - Blog discussing developmentally appropriate key stage 1 curriculum. However, many of the ideas are transferrable for any transition. Key points: talk, interaction and play, establishing relationships and friendships. Covers how the social distancing restrictions may have impacted on children’s physical development.
  • Coram Life Education - Free toolkit and book suggestions for return to school, with a specific section on 4-5 year olds.
  • Self-Care Tree for staff - Document that details ways to manage stress at work and home during Covid-19.
  • The Special Needs Jungle - The special needs jungle website has compiled a range of resources that will be helpful for supporting children and young people with SEND. The page also contains a range of links to activities, resources and ideas relating to a range of topics including wellbeing, self-regulation, exercise, sensory and formal learning.
  • ELSA: Supporting social and emotional learning - Offer free and purchasable resources for schools to help support social and emotional learning, transition resources available on website. 
  • CPD: Preparing Autistic and children with SEND for going back to school - Free online CPD course for teaching staff around considerations and planning for return to school for children with SEND following ‘lockdown’. 
  • Southend EPS - Southend EPS have collated an extensive range of links and resources, including information on talking to children and young people about Coronavirus, information about emotional wellbeing and mental health, activities for teaching staff and other professionals and activities for families to enjoy at home.
  • Dr Karen Treisman- resources to support children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress, and fears; including resources specific to Covid-19 - Free videos, worksheets, tips, tools, podcasts, and resources
  • World Health Organisation (WHO):Key messages and actions for Covid-19 and prevention and control in schools (March 2020) - Short booklet with guidance which provides key messages and considerations for engaging school administrators, teachers and staff, parents, caregivers and community members, as well as children themselves in promoting safe and healthy schools.
  • Cognus Website (thinking about education) - See PowerPoint available for supporting pupils with Autism with transition following Covid-19.
  • Barry Carpenter Education / Evidence for learning - Podcast and information on recovering curriculum for those transitioning back to school following Covid-19.
  • Anna Freud Centre: Mentally Healthy Schools - Support and advice for primary schools, offering school staff information, advice and practical resources to better understand and promote pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Transition focussed information available below:
  • BPS: Back to school: using psychological perspectives to support re-engagement and recovery - Guidance from the British Psychological Society. This guidance complements the UK and national government advice on the return to school for pupils by offering a psychological perspective on the process of re-engaging children and young people with school.
  • What you told us: Thoughts shared by children and young people about the current situation by Educational Psychology Reach-Out - Podcast that details research that explored the views of 700 primary, secondary, and college students around COVID-19 and returning to school/college. The research highlighted four key themes that children and young people discussed:
    • Safety: Young people are worried about how they will be safe in school and what the rules will be. They want clear guidance in place and want to see measures are taken to ensure they are safe.
    • Relationships: Peer, teacher and home relationships. Young people wanted time to reconnect with peers and teachers before going back to formal learning. They also spoke about missing home when they return to school.
    • Missed new opportunities: Young people spoke about missed opportunities like Prom, SATs, and exams. They also discussed time to continue to pursue new opportunities like craft projects, being outdoors, and learning new games.
    • Certainty: Young people wanted clarity about what was going to happen and wanted time to get ready to return to school. They wanted certainty around school expectations, classrooms, teachers for next year, and what exams in the future may look like.
  • Staffordshire County Council Early Year’s Case Studies - Two case studies from Staffordshire Early Years settings showing how they have kept in touch with families and provided resources to support home learning.

Support for parents and carers 

Resources for children and young people 


Specific for early years support and transition

Specific for Secondary School Transition 

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