The wellbeing of our learners and staff is of paramount importance. In order to fulfil our vision and values we have a variety of approaches to maximise the wellbeing, sense of belonging and ultimately facilitate the effective communication and development of all.
We recognise that, in order for our learners to learn effectively, they must feel safe, calm and happy in order to engage. We do this in a variety of ways. We have a personalised learning approach, which meets individual’s needs and allows the most effective strategies, such as schedules, sensory diets and a Total Communication approach to be placed around individuals enabling them to remain regulated and ready to engage in learning.
We are a Trauma Informed school and this empathetic, playful and compassionate approach underpins all that we do. We aim to work with our young people to reduce anxieties, help them build and develop relationships with others and feel valued and supported. We use an assessment programme to gain an understanding of how we can support learners in areas of:
- Emotional Systems
- Handling stress
- Thinking & Concentration
- Confidence & Self Esteem
- Interpersonal Skills and Emotional Literacy
The programme enables us to develop activities and supportive strategies within the identified area of need. The assessments are completed with parent/carer input to gain a holistic view of an individual learner.
This sits alongside our PSHE curriculum, which aims to develop learners’ understanding of how to develop and gain independence in looking after their own health, wellbeing and safety.
We have an active wellbeing team. Current members are displayed in the attached poster. The same empathetic and compassionate approach that underpins the Trauma Informed School ethos, also applies to our staff team and we aim to ensure that all members of the team and school community feel valued and supported. We want our staff to look forward to coming to their work place and feel like they belong to, and are a crucial member of the wider team.
The Wellbeing team meet regularly and develop whole school initiatives, theme days, charity fundraising events, as well as weekly communications to staff with nominations and acknowledgements and thanks for those staff members deserve recognition in some way. They regularly seek the view of the staff team to ensure that our activities and initiatives are engaging and responsive to the needs of all.
The team also facilitate signposting to any support that is available to staff, such as counselling, health initiatives and benefits from being an employee of the Special Partnership Trust.