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.
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.
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.
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.
This what our children have said about Sika:
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.