Renfrewshire Council

Learning, health and wellbeing of children and young people

Mental health and wellbeing support, learning and teaching programmes

It's been a challenging time for our children and young people, and for you as their mum, dad or carer. We hope these resources can help you and your child and ask that you speak to your child's school if you need further support.

Health and wellbeing support

If I'm a young person and need support

Please let someone know if you are having difficult coping during lockdown, self-isolating or being at school. Speak to your class teacher or your mum, dad or carer and let them know what's going on.

You can log onto the Living Life to the Full website for support with your wellbeing and understanding your feelings. Your school can give you the password so you can log into the website for free.

You can make a referral to The Exchange counselling service

You can also find advice and links to online support from our Skills for Recovery programme.  

If I'm a parent and my child needs support

Please speak to your child's school if your child needs support or counselling. We are here to help.

There are loads of helpful websites out there. We have a list of online support and advice that parents can access for:

If I'm a parent and my child needs counselling

Speak to your child's school about counselling as soon as you can. We can offer a range of counselling services, including the new therapeutic counselling service that is available to all children and young people aged 10 or older.

You can make a referral online to The Exchange counselling service

Our counselling service is also offering online support and group work while pupils are learning at home.

If I'm a parent and I need support

If you feel you need support at any point in time or have concerns about your child's or family's health and wellbeing, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school. We are here to support you.

Your school can put you in touch with our educational psychologists who can help you to get the right support and advice for your circumstances. 

You can also try the free online course for adults by Living Life to the Full, which has been developed by accredited cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) experts.

You can follow our digital programme to support parents' wellbeing. It's laid out in six sections and you can work through it as quickly or as slowly as you'd like. 

Our health and wellbeing programmes

When children and young people are at school, our schools and nurseries will continue to use these health and wellbeing programmes to support children and young people through the pandemic.

Young people in primary and secondary school

We use Seasons for Growth workshops to support P5 to S6 pupils' emotions around change, loss, grief and trauma. It also promotes feelings of connectedness and will support pupils returning to school. Each workshop supports young people to identify strategies and people who can help them manage their feelings and adjust to our changed lives.

All young people in our secondary schools will have access to this evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy programme. While pupils are learning at home, young people will be able to access this programme online.

Children in nursery and primary school

We will continue to teach emotional literacy to pupils in primary school and nursery to help children to talk through their experiences. 

We will use the recovery response resources available from these evidence-based programmes:

Learning and teaching

Learning for nursery children

Our nurseries continue to focus on children's speech, language and reading, numbers and basic arithmetic and their health and wellbeing. Children will continue to learn new skills and apply them through their play.

When children are at nursery, they will only have access to toys and equipment that are easy to clean. Resources such as sand, water and play dough may be used but only by consistent groups of children. Each nursery will do their own risk assessment on these.

Learning for primary school pupils

Our schools continue to focus on your child's reading and writing, numeracy and mathematics, and their health and wellbeing. Schools will use the evidence-based approaches developed for each of these areas.

Children will also benefit from outdoor learning where the weather allows. This will help children to be physically active, help them to relax as well as enjoy and learn about nature and their environment.

Learning and assessments for secondary school pupils

Young people will follow their normal curriculum and have access to the full range of subjects. Personal and Social Education classes will focus on mental, emotional and social wellbeing.

S4, S5 and S6 pupils are working towards their national qualifications. With the decision to cancel exams this year, an alternative certification model has been developed. Young people's grades will be determined by their teachers through a series of class assessments that will take place between now and June. Schools will let their pupils know about when assessments will take place and what form they will take. You can read about assessments in lieu of exams in our schools section. 

Learning for secondary pupils self-isolating

While young people are learning at home, there will be no change to how they learn if they are self-isolating, unless they are too ill to learn.

When all young people return to school and a young person has to self-isolate, we will continue to teach them remotely and support them to study for assessments. Coursework will be sent to pupils through the school's app or other channel that the school uses. Your school will already have told you which channel they will use to communicate work to your child, however if you are unsure, please just ask the school.

If a pupil gets stuck on their learning-at-home coursework, they can speak to a teacher for advice using Microsoft Teams, which is accessed via Glow. There are separate timetables for S1 to S3 pupils and S4 to S6 pupils. You can find this timetable on Microsoft Teams.