The SecEd Podcast: Back to School – Supporting student mental health & wellbeing

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode of The Podcast is the first in a four-part Back to School series offering advice to schools as the autumn term begins.

In this episode we focus on student mental health and wellbeing, offering a range of practical advice for schools and teachers.

We look at how to support the good mental health of students returning to school after the Covid-19 lockdown. We consider also some of the issues that school staff can expect to see in the coming weeks. We also offer advice on spotting the signs of any wellbeing problems and what we might be able to do to support students.

Guests on the podcast include mental health expert and ambassador Dr Pooky Knightsmith and Sarah Birch, regional standards leader at the River Tees MAT in the North East of England, which includes three alternative provisions in Middlesbrough as well as a secondary-age alternative provision in Gateshead.

The podcast complements SecEd’s recent series of 12-page Back to School Guides, which can be downloaded for free at

Podcasts also published in this series include our Back to School podcast on Staff Wellbeing (available at, Teaching and Learning (available at, and Remote Education & Edtech (available at

To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast application of choice or visit and for details about The SecEd Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at


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