When should a pupil return to school after a bereavement?

“For a bereaved pupil, their world has been turned upside down by their grief…and school is a place of stability and normality.”

School, with its familiar environment and routines, can be a place of comfort for a bereaved young person.

Some pupils want to return to school as soon as they can, and most will return after a few days. If they take too much time off, it can make the return more daunting and difficult.

Arrange to meet with the pupil and their family/carers to plan their return to school. Agree strategies to help them manage their grief when they are in school.