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Pastoral Support at School

Claire Davies, Pastoral Leader – Together we can make a difference…

 

 

 

We are so fortunate to have our very own Pastoral Lead in school, Miss Davies. Miss Davies is trained in ELSA which stands for: Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and is our PSHE lead, Mental Health First Aid lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead. 

 

Miss Davies trained to be an ELSA through our Educational Psychologist Service in order to provide bespoke packages of support for individuals and groups of pupils on themes such as: social skills, emotions, bereavement, social and therapeutic stories, anger management and self-esteem.  She also provides solution-focused and friendship counselling.  The educational psychologist – Sheila Burton is the founder of the ELSA course and this is her website - www.elsa-support.co.uk

 

Individual objectives are set with the child in partnership with the parent/carer, school SENCo and Class Teacher and ELSA sessions provide the time and space for validation of the child’s feelings and opportunities to work towards a solution.  Sessions are child-led and fun, using a range of activities such as: games, role-play, arts and craft.  ELSA sessions take place in the ‘Blue Room’  which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.

 

Play Therapist

At Meadlands we are also fortunate to work with Ms Davina Holmes, a movement psychotherapist. Ms Holmes visits Meadlands once a week to work with individual children. 

 

Lego Therapy

At Meadlands we have introduced Lego therapy and have three staff who are qualified to lead this. Lego Therapy can help a pupil experiencing difficulties with attention and listening or social communication skills. Please also look at our SEND pages for further information on our offer with regards to SEND and mental health and wellbeing.

School Dog

At Meadlands we love animals and for the last few years we have had weekly visits from Sika, who is a therapy dog. Sika is a black Labrador and spends some time at Meadlands in the ‘Bicycle Shed’ with Ms Davies.

 

During his visiting hours, children can read to Sika, stroke her whilst talking to Ms Davies, or take her outside for a walk around our field.  These sessions are so rewarding and have such a positive impact on our pupils.

 

Dogs are increasingly being used in schools with great success. Below are just some of the benefits we continue to see from having Sika at Meadlands.

 

Benefits:

 

  • a calming effect on pupils
  • a development of empathy
  • improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem
  • encouraging expression, participation and confidence for all children
  • fostering a sense of responsibility
  • motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
  • encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other
  • teaching children to nurture and respect life
  • helping with work undertaken with the most vulnerable children
  • further promote ‘wellbeing’ for our pupils

 

This what our children have said about Sika:

 

  • I like visiting Sika every week because after spending time with her, its shows me that dogs are really friendly and enjoyable to play with.
  • Spending time with the dogs make me feel really happy and relaxed.
  • Stroking Sika makes me feel calm, relaxed and happy.
  • I love Sika. I love stroking Sika. She is so soft and gentle. It makes me feel calm and happy.

The Horse Rangers Association

We have strong links with The Horse Rangers Association who are based in Hampton.  A group of 10 pupils visit the Horse Rangers three times a year.  This is a project linked to our ELSA work.  The children learn the important values of the Horse Rangers Association, the importance of respect and kindness when looking after animals.  They learn how to feed, muck out, groom the horses and the day culminates in an hour ride in Bushy Park.

Blended Learning Resources.

During the 5 month school closure, Ms Davies continued to provide high quality Pastoral help. These videos and links can be found below.

Blended Learning Week 14 - w/b 13.7.20

Blended Learning Week 13 - w/b 6.7.20

Blended Learning Week 12 - w/b 29.6.20

Blended Learning Week 11 - w/b 22.6.20

Blended Learning Week 10 - w/b 15.6.20

Blended Learning Week 9

Blended Learning Week 8

Blended Learning Week 7

Blended Learning Week 6

Blended Learning Week 5

Blended Learning Week 4

Blended Learning Week 3

Blended Learning Week 2

Blended Learning Week 1

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