Key Points – School role

School provides the stability and normality which may be lacking at home following a bereavement.

Most pupils do not need specialist interventions as familiar and trusted adults in school can be a reassuring presence for a bereaved pupil.

A bereavement policy enables a school to plan for and set out guidance for all staff when dealing with death, grief and bereavement.

Transitions can be difficult for bereaved pupils, so it is important to prepare them for any change and pass on details of any bereavement to future classes, teachers and schools.