The aim of pupil support is to be a support service which offers social, emotional, mental health and academic support to pupils in a safe, calm, positive and welcoming environment. Please take time to read the attached document to get a full insight into the service provided by the team.
Chaigeley provides a broad range of additional support for our pupils. The pastoral care of pupils is an essential element of meeting their special needs and making progress. On a daily basis, pupils have access to the Pupil Support and Therapy Services (see links) for both timetabled or ‘drop-in’ support as/when needed.
The links between staff have been recognised by Ofsted as “fostering pupils enjoyment and achievement positively”. We also strive to develop positive relationships with parents/carers of our pupils , and with relevant outside agencies, so that each individual pupil gets the support they need to succeed at school.
Therapeutic support is considered an important and integrative part of the care provided for pupils at Chaigeley who may experience emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. The goal of therapy within our school is to enhance the development and personal wellbeing of pupils, as well as provide advice and support for staff. In support of addressing the behaviours displayed by pupils, Chaigeley’s therapeutic team offer assessments and intervention to monitor and ensure the best outcome for individuals. By offering holistic and person – centred interventions we aim to support our pupils to reach their true potential, both personally and academically.
Referral reasons may include:
· Anger Issues
· Attachment Issues
· Behaviour Problems
· Bereavement / Loss
· Bullied / Bullies
· Communication Problems
· Delayed Development
· Poor School Attendance
· Separated / Divorced Parents
· Social Exclusion
· LGBT+ difficulties
· Mental Health – Anxiety/depression
· Withdrawn Personality
· Low self-esteem/worth
Therapeutic support offered at Chaigeley include: Play & Creative Arts Therapy, Counselling, Therapeutic Mentoring/Coaching and Speech and Language Therapy.
We also publish a monthly newsletter offering advice, support and activities for families
Try some of our SALT/Therapeutic challenges during lockdown
In school we have a member of staff trained as a tutor of Team Teach. This training is for all members of staff that work directly with the young people who display challenging behaviours.
- How to reduce the use of physical intervention and risk
- The use of verbal, non-verbal de-escalation strategies before positive handling techniques are required
- Using the least intrusive positive handling strategy and a continuum of gradual and graded techniques
- Legislation and policy
At Chaigeley School we value the importance of recognising and promoting good mental health and wellbeing in our pupils’ and staff.
What is mental Health?
“ A state of (complete) physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”
“ The emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our own, and others, dignity and worth”
The World Health Organisation
We are developing a whole school approach to promote resilience and improve emotional wellbeing, preventing mental health problems from arising, and providing early support when they do.
We want to use different activities to inform our pupils’ what mental health and wellbeing is all about, listen and support.
We want to train our staff so they are well prepared to support pupils’, parent / carers
Below is a list of some useful resources and websites that can be easily accessed to provide further help and support.
The sites below may help you in talking to children about Coronavirus and managing anxiety and also provides some general advice on managing anxiety and stress at this time
Tips on managing stress and supporting children through times of worry
Mental Health Crisis line and Know Your Mind updated details Apr 20 – Crisis Line, HOS & KtYM social media posts April 2020
Bereavement Support – Information for children, families
and professionals during Covid-19 – 9 Bereavement Support
Managing Anxiety during Coronanvirus – Anxiety in children and the Coronavirus
British Psychological Society tips for talking to young people https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089
Newsround video clip for children https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus
Comic book style story about coronavirus https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf?fbclid=IwAR23zxNlbEumpw4oKlM7Xy3VlKnA25b8Gi53N6YiFIeKB9Vx0LQypSPYzzg
Social story https://krisepsykologi.no/what-can-we-say-to-children-about-coronavirus/ Guide for parents and professionals
https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/ Animation for older children
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?t=1584464333506 A comic exploring coronavirus for young people
https://www.adamspsychologyservices.co.uk/coronavirus.html Comprehensive guide for adults to manage a range of situations related to coronavirus
Update Advice for parents of children with SEN https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/ Advice from The Child Mind Institute
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/ ELSA coronavirus story for children
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource Parent resources from National Association of School Psychologists
Anxiety Resources (generic and targeted) https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2 World Health Organisation advice for maintaining good mental health at this time
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/ To support young people in managing virus related anxiety
https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/03/covid-19-research-findings Advice for managing the volume of anxiety inducing news
Staying safe during COVID-19 A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse
KOOTH – https://www.kooth.com/ Kooth will continue to provide online mental health and wellbeing support to young people via any internet accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor. To find out more visit www.Kooth.com where young people can register and others can find out more about the service. How to sign up to Kooth
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799 Generic tips to support good mental health
https://www.gozen.com website with activities to support children experiencing anxiety. Their YouTube channel has guided videos with relaxation, deep breathing and meditations