Supporting Schools in a time of COVID-19 (SSCOVID) is a free online professional learning opportunity to help teachers support their student’s mental health and wellbeing.
This year has seen unprecedented stresses placed upon school communities, families and individuals.
SSCOVID has been developed for primary teachers and other educators by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in collaboration with educators. It provides tailored information as with practical tools, strategies and decision-making support to help teachers to assist students mental health and wellbeing, within their classrooms, during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The modules aim to:
- Provide strategies for educators that involve small, efficient changes within the classroom while maximising impact on student wellbeing, and align with the curriculum.
- Guide educators to navigate existing resources, determining which tools and resources are appropriate and likely to be effective for which child (class, or group of students) and on which occasion.
- Support educators to implement existing decision-making models and care pathways, including advice on when to escalate beyond the classroom to tertiary services both within and beyond the school.
SSCOVID has been created in partnership by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education and is generously funded by a rapid response grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.