Our 2020 Recovery Curriculum Approach
In addition to the highest standards of education, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We have a supportive and caring ethos and our approach is respectful and kind, where each individual and contribution is valued.
At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support, none moreover than the challenging times our school community are currently experiencing as a result of Covid-19. We take the view that positive mental health and wellbeing is everybody’s concern and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- Help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- Help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- Help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- Promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
- Encourage children to be confident and accept challenges which may mean making mistakes
- Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We promote a mentally healthy environment through:
- Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
- Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
- Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
- Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
- Providing opportunities to reflect
- Access to appropriate support that meets their needs
We pursue our aims through:
- Universal, whole school approaches
- Support for pupils going through recent difficulties including bereavement
- Specialised, targeted approaches aimed at pupils with more complex or long term difficulties including Attachment Disorder
Teaching about Mental Health
The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our students to keep themselves mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our developmental RHE curriculum taught predominantly through the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work. We have a whole school approach to the teaching of mental health and wellbeing which is then supplemented by our Health Minds programme.
The specific content of lessons will be determined by the specific needs of the cohort we are teaching but we also use the PSHE Association Guidance to ensure that we teach mental health and emotional wellbeing issues in a safe and sensitive manner at an age appropriate level. We will access external sources/intervention where appropriate to enhance our existing support to pupils individual’s needs where we deem this necessary for example 1:1 counselling, CAMHs.
The school will offer support through targeted approaches for individual pupils or groups of pupils through our ‘Healthy Minds’ programme. These approaches may include:
- Circle time approaches or ‘circle of friends’ activities.
- Targeted use of subject specific resources e.g. bereavement resources.
- Managing feelings resources e.g. ‘worry boxes’ and ‘worry eaters’
- One to one or group interventions provided
- Primary Group Work/Mental health and wellbeing groups
- Therapeutic activities including art, lego and relaxation and mindfulness technique
- ‘Happy Days’ group intervention for promoting confidence and self esteem
- Ready Steady Go – a breakfast intervention to provide a positive start to the school day
For specific information regarding our Recovery Curriculum approach to learning in other subjects, please visit our Curriculum intent documents that sets out how we have approached our return to a ‘normal’ curriculum by Summer 2021.