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Supporting Whole School Support Around Emotional and Mental Health

Posted on by Judy Molyneux

Virtual School Kent and Lead schools around the County have been busy this year with a special project which has been improving opportunities for our young people (including those who were previously looked after) to have support for developing positive emotional health.

Much of the training has focused on whole schools becoming attachment/trauma aware and then following a journey of development with whole school change. Additionally, VSK have used PP+ through this project to support all our children in care (in any school) with an offer of therapy when appropriate – and this has taken many forms from talking to art to psycho educational (with learning around neuroscience). The impact of this work is already being clearly evidenced as making a huge difference.

NEWSOn 25th September it was our final day of Phase 1 of the project and we brought the Lead Teams from the participating schools back together to undertake a final training day. We were very lucky to have Kate Cairns present to us on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and also on Maladaptive Behaviours (such as self-harm) – two topics that provoked much food for thought and discussion.

The Lead schools also presented how they were embedding all the learning from the year into everyday practice and how their whole school has been changing for better as a result. We are so proud to be in partnership with leaders from Whitehill Primary, Maplesden Noakes School, the Marsh Academy and Gravesend Grammar School for boys – thank you for taking part and we look forwards to continuing to work with you in future!

VSK are now looking to plan for Phase 2 of this project and if you would like to find out more or want to discuss being involved please do contact Joanne Kelly or Carole Bailey.