Health and Wellbeing
- Information and Support
Support during school summer shutdown
In addition to the suggestions detailed in "Returning to School", the following resources and information may be useful during the six weeks that school is closed for summer.
Andy Smith is the local authority's Inclusion Ambassador and does a lot of work supporting children, young people and their families. He is particularly involved with children with ASD, but also works with those with other disabilities. He is providing support via Zoom and this can be arranged by emailing him at
Andy has recently launched Spectrum Gaming. This is an online community for autistic young people so they can meet other young people and play games together. We run regular events via our Facebook group for parents and run a Minecraft server so young people can play together. Parents can get more information by filling in the form at
Focus Games have produced "The Emotion Game". This is a resource designed to help children express their emotions in a calm, relaxed environment. Children select "I’m feeling" cards to reflect how they feel; and “I’d like” cards as to what they would like to do to try and address how they are feeling. The resource is available to purchase via their website:
Another resource that comes highly recommended is making a "Happiness Box". Details are in the attached PDF document.
COVID-19 Health Information
Advice for parents should your child be unwell of injured is available via the link.
The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.
Should you need to book a test, please follow the link.
Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:
Alternatively, you can email the local Bury drive-through testing centre. Details are in the attached Word document.
Returning to school
As we see the wider opening of school there will be both children and their families who are going to be anxious about the "new normal" that they will find when they return.
To help we have put together a list of things that you may wish to share with your child/ren as the prepare to start coming back to Old Hall.
We have also found a selection of published materials that you may find useful depending upon the age or needs of your child.
As always, if you have any concerns or queries, please email or contact the school office by phone.
During these difficult times we are really aware of the need to support children's mental health and wellbeing. We will therefore gather together links and resources that you may wish to use.
We will continue to offer our advice and support when the children return to school.
In the meantime, if you need any additional support and advice, please get in contact with us via the school office or email One of us will be back in contact with you as soon as we can.
Mr R Cooley Mrs M Maguire
SENCO SEMH Co-ordinator
Children's mental health and wellbeing
The Government have published guidance to parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the coronovirus outbreak. We would recommend that you read it.
If you have a child at the younger end of primary school who is worrying about the pandemic, you could perhaps share with them the attached Nurse Dotty story.
Alternatively there is an e-book called What's Going On? published by Clare Shaw who writes therapeutic stories for children.
Or an information book explaining the coronavirus to older children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.
Bury EPS Helpline
The local authority know that the current situation with COVID-19 is a very worrying time for parents and carers, and even more so for parents and carers who have children or young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.
They have set up a helpline run by the Education Psychology Service to provide support and advice for the parents of children with SEND.
Full details including the telephone number can be found in the the attached document.