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Student Well-Being

Student Well-being is always our priority.  During this period of school closure and partial school closure we will be doing all we can to be there for you.  Please find details below.

 

Year Group Google Chat

Feeling connected during these uncertain times is vitally important.  The Year group chats on our Google platform allow for students to keep in touch with each other, and share images and videos of what they have been up to with their peers.  Progress and Wellbeing Coordinators also regularly post challenges, quizzes and themes for their year groups to participate in within the group chat.

 

 

 

Tutorial

Throughout the school closure period our students have a tutorial session at the end of every day.  These sessions present a valuable opportunity for students to have a small group online “catch up” with their Form Tutor once a week via Google Meet.  These conversations are guided by the Google Form which students are asked to complete about how their week has been, and allows students to indicate if they are finding anything difficult or challenging, and equally anything that has gone particularly well. Students are also making good use of Unifrog our online careers platform through directed tasks and activities.  The Progress and Well-being team also provide additional focused activities, quizzes and challenges. Students use their remaining sessions to complete tasks from the PSHE/Mental Health Activities Mat. These tasks encourage students to make time for themselves, their family and others.

 

 

Support for Vulnerable Students

The word “vulnerable” has been used a lot on the news and in the media in general.  At Denmark Road we recognise that any student can be vulnerable at any time, as we all navigate the range of emotional responses to the situation we are currently in.  Our Tutors regularly communicate any concerns to their Progress and Well-Being Coordinators who follow up concerns and provide support where it is needed.  Those students who are defined as “vulnerable” by the Department for Education have very regular contact from identified members of staff.  Where it is appropriate these students are encouraged to attend school where they are supported by teaching staff.

Family Information Service -https://www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk/kb5/gloucs/glosfamilies/home.page

 

 

SEND

SEND provision is a key focus for us during this period of school closure.  We are mindful that for a number of our SEND students changes in routine and how we interact with each other can cause considerable anxiety, and make online learning a challenge to access. Mrs King (SENDCO) is in regular contact with this group of identified students to ensure that they are able to access and enjoy their learning.  Reviews of My Plans and My Profiles are continuing during school closure.  As ever our teaching staff aim to be responsive in their teaching to meet the needs of all our learners. Our weekly Teaching and Learning briefing allows teaching staff to share and reflect on their experiences of online teaching and learning to facilitate a quality online experience for our students.

Family Information Service -https://www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk/kb5/gloucs/glosfamilies/home.page

 

 

Counselling Provision

As a school we are fortunate to have the services of an excellent counsellor for two days a week.  She is currently offering 30 minute appointments via Zoom to support young people articulate the challenges and difficulties they may be facing.  Students can be referred into this service by their Progress and Well-being Coordinator when a need is identified.  As you can imagine demand for this service can be high and there is sometimes a short wait before an appointment becomes available.

Gloucestershire Counselling Service -https://gloscounselling.org.uk/

Teens in Crisis - https://ticplus.org.uk/

Young Minds -  https://youngminds.org.uk/

Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/

 

 

Bereavement

The loss of a loved one can be one of the most devastating experiences a child has.  We know that a number of our students will have experienced a significant loss during this period of school closure, and we are mindful that the loss of the usual routines and structure can amplify this hugely significant loss.  Whilst we cannot offer solutions we are able to listen to student’s worries and fears and to reassure them.  Some school staff are currently undertaking bereavement training to be able to provide more specific support for our students.  Our school counsellor also has experience of bereavement counselling and can support students during this difficult time. 

Winston’s Wish - https://www.winstonswish.org/

Cruse Bereavement Care - https://www.cruse.org.uk/

We are also mindful that even if our students have not directly experienced the death of a loved one that sense of bereavement can still be quite real.  There are five areas of loss that our students may sense since the sudden closure of school: Loss of structure, Loss of normal routine, loss of opportunity, loss of friendships and a loss of freedom.  We are currently providing all of our staff with training to allow them to provide positive conversations about overcoming this sense of loss that students may be experiencing.

 

 

Home visits and One-to-One Support

Our Progress and Wellbeing team and the support staff that assist them have worked extremely hard during this period of school closure to support students and their families, and continue to do so.  Now that regulations permit us to visit homes we will on occasion use a home visit to meet with students and their families to help overcome specific difficulties, and check on wellbeing.  Our Assistant Headteachers, in conjunction with the Progress and Wellbeing team are fantastically creative in overcoming any worries and concerns through bespoke one to one support to meet the needs of particular students.