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Recovery Curriculum

In September 2020 we prepared for the return to school after national lockdown had closed schools across the country. We recognised that returning to school after lock-down would be complex and that many children would have experienced a great sense of loss. At Mersey Drive we created a holistic recovery curriculum in recognition of these experiences. The intention of the Recovery Curriculum was to provide opportunities to rebuild relationships and a sense of community, space to re-establish a sense of self and routine, and to relearn behaviour for learning skills.


Our Recovery Curriculum is designed to recognise children’s recent life experiences as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and to provide opportunities for:

- Establishing new routines

- Re-building relationships and interpersonal skills

- Processing potential emotional trauma and building resilience

- Create a sense of belonging and community

- Addressing the children’s variations of learning during lockdown

- Providing appropriate learning experiences that support creativity and critical thinking

Our Curriculum is based on the PERMA model:

Positive Emotions






The recovery curriculum is based around a three-wave model:

Wave 1 (Universal)
Designed for all pupils to complete, taking into account the SEMH and learning needs of all the children.

Wave 2 (Targeted)
Specific, targeted and time limited support designed for pupils struggling to engage and/or demonstrating signs of anxiety. Wave 2 is a more intensive supportive curriculum.

Wave 3 (Specialist)
Highly individualised targeted provision designed for pupils requiring a more specialist tailored curriculum linking to SEMH needs. This is very specific to the individual, and will be individually focused, time limited and evaluated




Our Full Recovery Curriculum (including updates for our March full opening) can be found below.




96% of parents report that their child has re-engaged  with their learning when returning to school.     96% of parents felt their child had reconnected with their class at Mersey Drive on return to school           100% of staff felt the children’s return to school had been positive as supported by the Recovery Curriculum.