Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)
All of our Year 7 pupils will be very familiar with SEAL from their primary school. We continue to focus on embedding these skills in every area of our pupils’ lives at school. Good social and emotional skills help pupils to, for example, make friendships, work in teams, solve problems, deal with conflict, manage strong feelings, to be calmer and optimistic, recover from setbacks, compete fairly, and respect others’ rights and value diversity.
The skills are in five groupings: self-awareness, managing feelings, empathy, motivation and social skills. Most weeks, our assemblies focus on SEAL themes such as: motivation, reflection, pupil voice, relationships and healthy lifestyles. Tutor group activities often link to these themes and pupils are encouraged to reflect on how their actions affect others within the school and wider community.
Every pupil in Years 7-11 has a mentor assigned to them. For many pupils this is their tutor. For others, it could be their Head of Year, Key Stage Pastoral Assistant, a member of Senior Management, a teaching assistant or another member of staff. The mentor is the link person for the individual child. The focus of the mentoring is personal support and encouragement. Pupils complete a self-assessment document to encourage reflection and target areas for development.
Who can children talk to in school?
Many children will talk to subject teachers, their form tutor, Head of Year and other staff as a matter of course during the school day. Occasionally, some students feel that they would benefit from additional support on a regular basis. These agencies can provide an effective source of support for students, enabling them to function better both in and outside of school, enhancing their resilience and giving them resources to manage any future difficulties. This could come from a variety of people including:
- Mrs Smyth-Roberts, Mental Health Nurse and Pastoral Support Adviser
- Mrs Gardner, Welfare and Attendance Officer
- Mrs Daniel, Winston’s Wish trained to support students dealing with bereavement
- Talk in Confidence (TIC) trained sixth formers, whose support includes one to one work with some younger, vulnerable students
- Careers Adviser
- School Nurse
Members of staff may suggest to a pupil that it may be useful for them to see one of these people. We also operate a self-referral system which is in keeping with supporting adolescent development towards independence. Whilst working in partnership with parents/carers can benefit the counselling relationship, the school policy of commitment to protect counselling confidentiality, sets out definite limits to parental involvement, decisively underpinned by both ethical and legal factors. (The Gillick-competent principle and BACP code of ethics). If you do not wish your child to have access to counselling, please notify Miss Khan in writing.
Pastoral Support Advisor
Suzie Smyth-Roberts, an experienced Mental Health Nurse, has been working within the school for the past ten years. During this time, she has been providing professional counselling, advice and support to our students and her role extends to working with families. She also liaises and works closely with outside agencies when required. Suzie is able to work with individuals and families within school or at home. She will listen to your concerns and work with you and your child (children) to resolve any issues that you may have. She also provides workshops on a range of topics to enable parents to develop an understanding of their child’s issues and learn some new strategies that may help. If you are interested in any of these workshops or would like Suzie to contact you please contact reception.