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Supporting pupil mental health around bereavement and loss

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Catherine Hitchcock, Deputy Head (Pastoral) and DSL, UK The setting is a 4-11 co-educational independent Prep School in South West London and this case study outlines the school’s approach to supporting pupil mental health around bereavement and loss. School priority The school has prioritised the support of bereavement and loss as an area to develop and improve following the large impact of COVID-19-related deaths and other significant losses in our community, and in response to staff wanting to feel more confident in supporting bereaved children. It was felt that this was an area of much needed support for our whole community, staff, parents and children. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more children have and will continue to experience the death of extended family members and friends across school settings.  Research literature highlights that bereavement support in British primary schools is varied and inconsistent (Abraham-Steele and Edmonds, 2021). It is not unusual for

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