Self-care summer toolkit

The need for both pupils and staff to refresh and recharge before returning to school cannot be overstated. In our fast-paced educational environment, the pressures of academic performance, extracurricular activities, and administrative responsibilities can take a significant toll on everyone involved. The summer break provides an essential opportunity for students and staff to rest, rejuvenate, and return to the classroom with renewed energy and focus. 

For pupils, the period away from school allows them to step back from the rigors of daily academic demands. This time is crucial for their mental health and well-being, enabling them to engage in activities that they enjoy, spend quality time with family and friends, and pursue hobbies and interests that might take a backseat during the school term. Such a break not only helps in reducing stress but also fosters creativity and enthusiasm, making them more eager and prepared to engage in learning upon their return.

Similarly, staff members benefit immensely from this downtime. Teachers and administrative staff work tirelessly to create a productive and supportive learning environment, often going above and beyond their regular duties. A break gives them the chance to recharge, reflect on their teaching practices, and plan for the upcoming term. It is an opportunity for professional growth, relaxation, and personal enrichment. This rejuvenation is critical, as refreshed educators are more likely to bring innovation and enthusiasm to their teaching, which directly impacts student success.

The mental health resource website Anna Freud currently offer toolkits for self care this Summer —one for primary schools and another for secondary schools and FE settings— designed to support and boost mental wellbeing over the summer and beyond. Taking care of mental wellbeing during the break is essential. The summer is also a perfect opportunity to build good self-care habits for managing stress when school resumes. The toolkits include activities, teaching materials, and guidance, divided into resources for both pupils and staff.  Some additional resources are available to support children through the summer break and  key transitions.

Summer self-care toolkit

Helping children after long holidays and key transitions


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