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Tomorrow is World Mental Health day and the theme this year is ‘mental health for all’. This year has been a very challenging year for many of us, which is why it is more important than ever for all of us to prioritise our mental health. Research conducted by The New Economics Foundation (2008) suggests there are 5 key areas we can focus on to support our well-being.   This ...

Is your child starting school for the first time in September? Here are some practical things you can do at home to help your child get ready to start school and feel confident about their new adventure: Walk past the new school often to help them become familiar with the journey and this new part of their daily routine. Look at the school website, this may show some of ...

Self-care is all about what you can do to look after your own emotional and mental well-being.  The good news is you are never too young (or too old) to start!  The summer holidays are a great time to see what you can do for yourself. The Anna Freud Centre has produced some lovely resources that can be accessed by everyone.  They have produced a primary school and secondary sc ...

Here it is: Ant's last VLOG of the school year.  Have a great summer break everybody.  See you again soon.   ...

Here is Ant with the 4th video. He is reminding us about what you were learning about in the Second Step sessions in school. He is also asking for you to share your views about what the Second Step experience has been like for you. If you are in school at the moment, your teachers will be asking you to share your views using a questionnaire. We've also made an online questionn ...

Welcome back to week 3 of our VLOG!  This week it's all about creativity:   ...

To support the wellbeing of setting staff, children and young people during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have created several short briefings and information sheets that consider the psychological aspects of the transition back to school. The briefings include: Trauma-informed Transition back to school; Returning to school: supporting staff wellbeing; Returning to school: b ...

Here are our top tips to help you to support your child. The government has stated that it would like all primary school children to return to school before the summer, although this will be kept under review. Year 6 children may be attending school, albeit in smaller class sizes, from the 1st of June.  Schools will often prepare Year 6 pupils for the transition to Year 7, an ...

Here is Ant's second VLOG.  This week he is talking about emotions and undertaking an act of kindness for Mental Health Week.  He has also set you a challenge for the 'Walk, Walk, Walk' song.       We have now activated the comments for Ant's blogs, so you can 'chat' to him below and tell him how you've been getting on with the activities he has challenged you with.  You ca ...

With schools not open to all children at the moment, Ant from Salford Youth Service is missing doing Second Step with year 5s and year 6s at Christ Church, Lark Hill, The Friars, Westwood Park and St Pauls, Cross Lane. So here he is, with a little video to all children involved in Second Step... Remember you can join www.secondstep.org with the activation key SSP4 FAMI LY74 ...

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