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Grief, Loss and Bereavement in schools

The course is aimed at those working directly with children coping with grief, loss and bereavement

Full training course (one day training event plus action plan implementation support, learning group arrangements, and two enhanced online learning modules facilitated by the course leaders (see below for details).

In any class of twenty children or young people there will be five or six who are dealing with some aspect of death, grief or loss. Failure to recognise and deal with emotional needs can lead to poor academic performance or challenging behaviour and make effective teaching more difficult. For some children bereavement affects concentration, attendance and attainment, and that these effects are not always short term. (Akerman and Statham 2014).

This course is aimed at those working directly with children coping with grief (teachers, LSAs, SENCo's, FLOS, PSMs etc).

The course consists of one full day training, followed by two online enhanced learning modules to help you use and implement the ideas within your school.

The training day (22 April 2020) focuses on how children and young people grieve, especially how their understanding of grief changes as they get older. We will also look at strategies that have been found to be useful and consider activities and resources that can be used individually, in small groups or as whole class interventions. You will develop an action plan with the help of the course leaders to take back to school with you.

Following the training day their will be two follow-up webinars. The dates for these will be set at the initial training day to ensure maximum participation. The aim of these webinars is to embed learning, encourage reflection and allow for further questioning of course leaders.

Webinar one focuses on Kent Educational Psychology Service’s new online resource bank.

Webinar two offers the chance to ask questions, share ideas and to talk about strategies that have worked with the course leaders and others on the course; and also to follow-up on your personal action plan.

Instructions to delegates

There is no parking available at the venue. There are many parking options in central Maidstone, however the most convenient is Sandling Road carpark (ME14 1QN) or alternatively use public transport.

Training objectives

  • Raise awareness of the needs of pupils dealing with grief, loss and bereavement
  • Introduce different models of grief and loss
  • Think about how schools can support children experiencing grief or loss
  • Explore resources that may be useful when supporting children who have experienced grief or loss
  • Consider other sources of support that may be appropriate for children experiencing grief or loss.

Fees include refreshments throughout the day and lunch. Course materials, training resources and access to two webinar sessions.

Content is only relevant to Kent Schools.

How to book

Please book using CPD Online






Kent County Council - Sessions House


County Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ



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