18/04/2021: Would universities call parents in a mental health crisis?
“I got a knock on the door at 2.45 in the morning,” says Lee Fryatt. It was the police. His son Daniel, a 19-year-old student at Bath Spa University, had taken his own life. “What you learn once you . . . suffer a loss like suicide is that it’s only other people who have experienced it who have got any comprehension of just how devastating it is. “I’ve described it as grief turned up to the max, up to the point it’s splitting your ears.” BBC
17/04/2021: How schools can support pupils who have lost a parent
Bereavement can be a difficult subject to discuss in an educational setting and many teachers might feel that they are not adequately equipped to help pupils who are grieving the loss of a parent. Of . . . course, every situation is unique and no child’s situation will benefit from a “one-size-fits-all” approach. However, schools can put a dedicated network of bereavement support in place so that no pupil is left behind during an already incredibly tough time in their life. Times Education Supplement
07/04/2021: Schools ‘a lifeline to many students’ in past year’
School staff have been giving clothing, food and furnishings to families that have been struggling financially in the coronavirus pandemic, teachers say. Some pupils have gone to school without winter . . . coats, while others have been worried about having enough to eat, a National Education Union poll suggests. The findings come as the NEU begins its annual conference on Wednesday. BBC
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