St Mary’s to host child grieving training for teachers

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St Mary’s University, Twickenham will organize an online grief awareness training for primary and secondary schools in partnership with Child Bereavement UK.

The training will develop participants’ understanding of the impact of bereavement on children and youth, as well as the presentation of strategies and practical ideas to support those affected.

The course will cover an overview of grief; children’s understanding of death; grieving patterns and understanding children’s responses; factors affecting bereavement; practical ideas for dealing with a child’s responses to grief; creating a grieving culture: policies and procedures; and local and national channels of support.

This 1.5-hour course is only available for schools and is offered over six dates with separate sessions for primary and secondary schools. The next session for primary schools is the 10e November and 20e October for high schools.

In September, Sky News spoke to the director of the Institute of Education at St Mary’s, Professor Anna Lise Gordon, who said: “They are looking at things around the language we use to talk about death. People are incredibly awkward when it comes to death. They often don’t know what to say.

Therefore, don’t say anything, which is probably the worst thing you can do in most cases. The collaboration between Child Bereavement UK, St Mary’s and local schools aims to ‘normalize’ conversations about death with children and young people.

You can read the full report on the Sky News website and visit the University website to reserve your spot.


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