At Holy Cross, we believe that social and emotional well-being is important in its own right because it impacts on everything that helps a child to flourish and be the person they deserve to be. Within our school, we create an atmosphere that is conducive to helping a child feel safe and secure. All of our staff are alert to recognising when one of our children is not flourishing and they take steps to find the reasons why.
We offer a wide range of support:
Seasons for Growth is a loss and grief peer-group education programme to support young people aged 5-19 years and adults who are affected by change, loss and grief. It was first delivered in 1996 and is well established in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
A healthy society where grief and loss are recognised as a normal part of life and appropriate support is available to all.
Seasons for Growth is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are normal and valuable parts of life. It aims to produce a sense of resilience, personal growth and acceptance of change in people’s lives.
Mrs Hutchinson is our lead teacher in this programme. Please feel free to contact the school office to speak to her if you feel that this is something your child will benefit from.
ELSA (Emotional, Literacy Support Assistants)
An educational psychology led intervention for promoting the emotional well-being of children and young people.
An ELSA in a school is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. There is a recognised ELSA training course aimed specifically at Teaching Assistants in schools. Examples of things covered on the course are social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focus and friendship. Mrs Tranmer is our trained Teacher Assistant for this programme who completed her training during the 2018 – 2019 school year. She currently works with a number of our children in school on a regular basis.
Meet the worry monster family. Children are encouraged to pass their worries on to our worry monster family so that they aren’t carrying worries around all day.
Having opportunity to communicate feelings is part of the ELSA programme.
The Worry Monster Poem
I’m your little worry monster
I am always here
When worries pop into your head
Don’t let them turn to fear
Take a piece of paper
Make sure you write your name
Explain your worry
Write it clear and plain
Put the worry into my mouth
And let me eat the fear
Put a smile upon your face
Then give a great big cheer!
©Debbie Palphreyman 2016
Route to Resilience
Funded as part of the local NHS Future in Mind programme, Route to Resilience is an evidence- based and practical approach to supporting schools and families in their work developing the emotional well-being and resilience of children and young people.
As part of our teaching, children are taught about and their learning is reinforced through the promotion of positive character traits. As a staff, we have agreed on the specific characteristics we want to promote. We recently communicated these to parents during a Friday Puzzle night where we challenged family teams to take part in three challenges. At the end of the evening, we highlighted the skills and attributes they had used throughout the night.
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Holy Cross has now completed and been accredited as a “Routes to Resilience,” school. We are very proud to be able to support our children’s well being in an additional way.
Children can be referred to the school nurse service by the school. We work closely with parents to identify pupil needs and signpost them to this service if needed.