This creates a tricky situation for staff in primary schools because children will have different levels of awareness, knowledge and understanding. Some parents will have chosen to shield their children from the news entirely, whilst others will have discussed these atrocities quite openly. Either way, children are likely to discuss these things in school and they may be anxious about these events.
We respect the wishes of parents (especially of younger children) by not raising the issue unnecessarily in school, but we do have a duty to respond appropriately to discussions, questions or anxieties in a way which reflects the age, stage and understanding of the children. Our staff will always respond in an open, honest and thoughtful way to any enquiry from the children.
The guide for parents, below, may be useful for anyone worried about discussing such events with their child.