‘Our staff must not feel that they have been abandoned’ – headteacher John Rutter is putting clear communication at the heart of his strategy to support staff wellbeing post-lockdown...

One of the undeniable aspects of the Covid-19 crisis is that it has had a negative effect on the health and wellbeing of pupils, particularly those who are vulnerable and those living in areas of multiple deprivation.

Whether it has been the increased immersion in social media and the enforced retreat into their own thoughts which is affecting their mental health, the lack of exercise (despite the best efforts of Joe Wicks), or the knock-on negative consequences of seeing the deterioration of the health or economic circumstances of their families – all will need to be dealt with by teachers and pastoral support staff as we re-engage with school.

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