Back to School is a resource for educators working with children in P5 to S2. For all, normality was disrupted through the Covid pandemic. While we must remember how resilient children can be, we must also remember that trauma is rooted in disempowerment and disconnection (Herman, 1992) and that both of these have were significant features of the Covid lockdowns and restrictions.
Back to School was designed to support conversations between children, and between children and adults in school, giving time and space to pause, reflect and then recover. Back to School helped schools take a rights-based approach to supporting children’s recovery in the days, weeks and months after they returned to school.
Back to School was developed by Children’s Parliament with support from school staff in Aberdeen, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, and the Scottish Borders.
The online resource was complemented by an activity pack for children called Adventures in Wellbeing, which was designed with Members of Children’s Parliament (MCPs) to support children’s wellbeing at home.