Key Points – Returning to school following a bereavement

  • Schools can provide the stability which a bereaved pupil needs by offering a flexible normality with familiar, caring adults.
  • Return to school should be planned, ideally by meeting with the pupil and their family/carers.
  • Find out what the pupil has been told and how they want to manage their return to school.
  • Inform all staff about the death and how the pupil would like to manage it. Include anyone in contact with the young person, e.g. peripatetic teachers, visitors, volunteers etc.
  • Acknowledge the death.
  • Offer strategies to help such as time-out options, manage lunchtimes, support friends etc.
  • Check in with the pupil regularly and make sure that they are managing their grief.