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February 2022 - Building Lives Project
An outside agency we have been fortunate to have in at no cost. They work with young people who are identified as being at risk from; CSE,CCE, gangs, drugs, knives, risky behaviour, risk of exclusion, risk of NEET and anti-social behaviours. Through mentoring over a 12 week course the aim is to re-educate and show that there is a way out, another path can be taken and support is there during the process. The mentors also work with the families and continue supporting during school holidays.
December 2021 - Christmas Hamper project
The Resilience Team continues to be utilised around the school. Our versatile members have been supporting Year Groups as temporary Heads of Year, The attendance team as Reintegration plan hosts, as well as continuing work with our vulnerable and hard to reach pupils and families and supporting those pupils who experience barriers to their learning. The lead up to Christmas saw us working together with us in school and the surrounding community. We set up a Woodlands Go Fund Me page for our Young Carer pupils, who need extra support with financial strain during the festive and winter months. Funds raised have supported low-income families with additional cold weather and uniform payments, as well as essential food supplies. Our Winter Harvest was an enormous success; we were able to provide 30 families with Christmas essentials including meat, fresh produce, presents, and dessert treats and decorations- photos below. Our Young Carer community continues to grow; we're supported in our work by the Essex Youth service and The Kool Carers and Action for Family Carers charities. Young Carers continue to have access to 1:1 and group Keyworker support, as well as social time activities and rewards. Two of our KS4 pupils have been awarded brand new laptops from AFFC to help them continue their studies post 16 as well as other pupil’s receiving social and clothing grants. We look forward to welcoming Ofsted when they arrive; we're keen to share our effective methods and strategies for breaking down barriers to learning with them.
Girls Gain - This is an intervention for pupils who are 12 years plus. All eight sessions are active and engaging, using resources from Headspace and Calm. Please see below the topics covered:
- How I see myself? What I have to offer, what is unique about me?
- Positive relationships and broadening friendship groups
- Mood and Food- how what we eat affects our mood, sleep pattern
- Changing negative & unhelpful thoughts-we feel the way we think
- Reflection- How I see myself? What have been the changes, improvements?
- Trying something new- Pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone
- Talking ourselves up-self-belief, moments of pride
- Relax and review-mindfulness and calming techniques
Go Girls – these workshops gain the support from Barnardo's Children charity and have been focused on female pupils with zero confidence, high anxiety, those who feel uncomfortable in a group, learn techniques to feel part of something, raise self-esteem. The workshops will continue with a new cohort in January 2022
Resilience Ambassadors - The resilience team has successfully launched the Woodlands Resilience Ambassadors. These pupils have undergone professional training to be able to support other more vulnerable pupils. There has also been support and supervision provided throughout for ambassadors. As well as safeguarding training for the Resilience Ambassador’s completed by Designated SG Lead DRi and SAm. Their future role will include the following activities.
- Shadow and support the resilience coaches
- Support group work activities
- Promote resilience within the school
- Promote the work of the resilience team within the community
- Support and mentor other pupils
- Help write pupil friendly resilience policies
- Work as a committee to evaluate and improve the work of the resilience team
Chelsea Foundation FC – this is a Year 8 intervention that runs throughout the year. We have a new cohort of pupils every half term, this physical workshop uses football as a vehicle to develop leadership, Motivation, Team work, as well as investigating current affairs. It also helps to improve the pupils fitness, wellbeing and football skills.
Boys need to know – these 5 weekly sessions for boys work with pupils with Personal Support Plans and those with EHCP, they cover the following topics
- Reputation- how poor choice behaviour can become habit, bad habits can lead to poor reputation-Reputation can limit opportunities
- Positive Relationships- peer : peer pressure, treating others fairly and equally- Respect
- Knife Crime Prevention and Awareness- Home Office PowerPoint
- Future Aspirations- Life outside of Basildon- What you need to make it happen-cultural capital
- Reflection & Recap of what's been learned- Open Discussion
Young Carers – currently we have 121 young carers identified at woodland school. Over 100 of these referred into external support charities including Essex Young Carers, Kool Carers and AFFC. Winter cookery workshops have been planned for January 2022.