All of us here at the Mulberry Bush understand how challenging the past few months have been and how uncertain the future looks. We recognise the heightened levels of anxieties and difficult emotions that this brings. Our charity started in 1948, working with children who had experienced trauma as a result of being evacuated by World War II. In a strange way this current situation has taken us back to our roots and the isolation felt during that time.

To enable a positive transition back to school we need to be fully aware what impact the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown measures are likely to have had. It is important to have realistic expectations of what will be required to gradually get back to normal.

Schools will need to consider how they will help pupils get used to the routines and structure again, and help them re establish social interactions and relationships. The increased gap in learning for different groups will need to be planned for, and supporting pupils to be ready to focus and concentrate on learning. A heightened awareness of potential safeguarding concerns will be required.

At the same time it will be vital to address the underlying mental health and well-being impact from:

  • The level of anxiety from pupils and staff themselves, as well as what they have picked up from their families
  • The sense of loss from what has been missed
  • The possible experiences of bereavement
  • The impact of negative experiences within individual households
  • The emotional impact on staff and leaders of the responsibilities they have held throughout this time


How can our work reduce mental health concerns, and support staff and pupil well-being?

Making Sense of Behaviour – training that develops staff’s ability to understand the underlying reasons for pupil’s behaviour difficulties.
Emotion Coaching – this training helps staff use moments of heightened emotion and resulting behaviour to guide and teach pupils about more effective responses.
Observation and Reflective Workshop – a consultation, observation and workshop model, focused on individual pupil difficulties.
Reaching Out Sessions – free weekly virtual reflective group sessions, focusing on current preoccupations and concerns of participants
Supervision – our virtual one-to-one or group sessions provide a reflective structure for support with strong emotions evoked by our workplaces

For more information about any of these please contact Kathy Smith ksmith@mulberrybush.org.uk
Please request a free consultation if required.