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ERIC Number: EJ1064587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0264-3944
North Yorkshire Schools' Responses to Pupil Bereavement
Holland, John; McLennan, Derek
Pastoral Care in Education, v33 n2 p116-128 2015
This was a research project carried out in North Yorkshire schools by the loss and bereavement research group of the Educational Psychology Service. The background was an interest in how schools responded to bereaved pupils, whether they had a structured response, trained staff and training needs, from where they sought support and the level of priority given to the area. All three hundred and fifty-three of the county's primary, secondary and special schools were surveyed by electronic questionnaire and seventy-two, 20%, responded. Parental bereavement was rated relatively highly, although most schools sought outside help after a parental death, a need for training was expressed and there were no consistent support or referral pathways. Schools tended to have an ad hoc response, few had policies, procedures or governors actively involved in the area. Loss was addressed in the curriculum by a third of schools, and a similar number had received training. Schools did not always have a clear understanding of the implications of pupil loss generally with and a narrow view of loss. Recommendations included an increase in training, taking a wider view of loss and having clear referral pathways. Ideas for further areas of research included looking in more detail at schools systems in the area of loss and bereavement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)