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Returning to School - support for Primary / Post Primary



Transition from Primary to Post Primary School - online session for parents and children

The National Parents Council have created a freely accessible online video for 6th

Class students and parents to watch together to support them with the transition

from primary school to secondary school.  It has practical tips and advice and an

overview of the Junior Cycle, it explores what to expect, and hopes, fears, concerns

and expectations around starting school.

https://www.npc.ie/news-events/transition-from-primary-to-post-primary-school-online-session-for-parents-and-children   session-for-parents-and-children   

ESCI - Helping with the return to school in Autumn 2020 - Presentations for

Teachers & Parents on helping young people return to school.  

A number of useful presentations for Teachers, Parents and SNAs have been developed over the last 12 weeks by the National Educational Psychological Service

(NEPS) and the HSE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in

partnership with ESCI.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the responses to it have radically changed society and

the education landscape.

These presentations have been developed to assist, inform and guide adults who are in contact with children who are transitioning from primary to secondary school

but they will also be useful for parents and teachers of all children and young people who are returning to school following the Covid-19 school closures and summer

holidays from March to September 2020.

Schools may find it useful to share these links with parents, teachers, SNAs and all other stakeholders in school communities.

Information and knowledge will help ease the return to school for our young people.


Transition to Secondary School 2020 - Preparing & Supporting Students with ASD during Covid-19 Times (This presentation is a collaboration between the National Educational Psychological Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)

Description: Presented by a NEPS Psychologist, this presentation deals with the

issue of transition in uncertain times preparing and supporting students with ASD for

the move to post primary school during the time of Covid-19.

Topics Covered:

  • Change, and upheaval brought about by Covid-19

  • Changes brought about by attending Post Primary School

  • Apprehension nervousness and anxiety brought about by these two factors

  • Anxiety and managing it. Why it is particularly difficult for children with ASD

  • Practical anxiety management strategies

  • Preparation for the move

  • Academic and environmental challenges and sensory needs

  • Additional Resources


Psychological First Aid (PFA) for Teachers - School Year 2020/2021 (This presentation is offered by the Carlow/Kilkenny NEPS Team NEPS - Supporting School Communities in the Context of Covid-19)

Description: PFA is the result of a collaborative effort between the WHO, War

Trauma Foundation and World Vision International. Endorsed by 24 UN/NGO

international agencies and is available in numerous languages.

PFA may simply be defined as a supportive and compassionate presence designed

to do three things: 1) stabilize (prevent the stress from worsening) 2) mitigate (de-

escalate and dampen) acute distress 3) facilitate access to continued supportive

care, if necessary. PFA does not entail diagnosis or treatment. Nevertheless, like

physical first aid, it requires basic training to be effective and reduce the risk of

inadvertently making things worse (Everly & Lating, 2017).

Topics Covered:

  • Supports available from NEPS in times of Covid-19

  • Overview of Psychological First Aid (PFA)

  • Looking after our students and the school community

  • Looking after ourselves

  • Contact details and further info


Transition to Secondary School 2020 - Info, Tips & Strategies for Self- Regulation and Organisation (This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)

Description: Presented by a CAMHS Senior Occupational Therapist, this

presentation covers the themes of Self-Regulation and Organisation, and how you

can help your child to make school more manageable.

Topics Covered:

  • Nutrition

  • Exercise

  • Homework & Study

  • The School Diary

  • The School Bag; Books, Copies & Pencil Cases

  • Colour Coding

  • The Locker

  • Timetable

  • Continuing to offer positive Support.


Transition to Secondary School in 2020 - What to Expect; Supporting your

Child (This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent

Mental Health Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)

Description: Preparing for the school move to secondary school, supporting your

child's education, school and friendships, a presentation by HSE Social Care


Topics covered:

  • What’s different in secondary school?

  • Preparing for the School move

  • Supporting education and school

  • Taking an interest in your child's education

  • Working closely with the school

  • Supporting homework and study

  • Homework guidelines

  • Dealing with problems

What can I do as a parent?  

Friendships - what to expect

How can I help my child to make friends?


Transition to Secondary School 2020 - Practical Approaches to Good Nutrition (This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)

Topics covered:

  • Factors which affect dietary choices.

  • Importance of nutrient density - many of our young people are well fed but under-

  • nourished

  • Weight

  • Dieting

  • Fruit and veg

  • Giving advice and guidance to your teenager


Transition to Secondary School 2020 (This presentation is a collaboration between the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Kilkenny Education Centre)

Description: Adolescence and Developmental Changes.  A Psychology perspective

on adolescence and developmental changes that coincide with transition to

secondary school.

Topics covered:

  • Self reflection

  • Changes in and for adolescents

  • Challenges and ways to support your child during this time of change

  • Some implications of Covid-19

  • Supporting your adolescent

  • Adolescent mental health


Cuireann suíomh gréasáin ITOE (Ionaid Tacaíochta Oideachais na hÉireann) sceideal de na cúrsaí go léir ó Ionaid Tacaíochta Oideachais ar fáil go náisiúnta.

The ESCI (Education Support Centres Ireland) website lists all available courses and events from Education Support Centres  nationwide.