Children’s well being is at the heart of everything that we do at New End.
The impact of COVID-19 on children’s well being has been well documented and as a school, we aim to support all our children moving forward so that they grow into confident and happy young people and adults.
Unlocking Potential at New End
From November 2021, New End has created a partnership with Unlocking Potential (UP).
Unlocking Potential is a charity based in London. They work collaboratively with communities to enable children and young people with social, emotional, and mental health needs to unlock their full potential. Click HERE for more details about UP and the important work that they do.
As part of their work, UP run a Schools Programme. The Schools Programme is a school-based mental health service offering therapeutic interventions and wellbeing activities to primary and secondary age children.
Lucy Targui is our school-based team manager. Lucy has worked in schools previously and is also a trained play therapist. Lucy operates a number of programmes including weekly check ins with identified children; “Speak Up” where children can make a self referral to speak about anything they are worried about at school or at home; and “Six Times Talk Time”, a six week programme to support individual children. Lucy also monitors the work of two specialist therapists who do longer term therapeutic work with identified children.
Lucy is in school every Wednesday and Thursday.
Well Being Ambassadors
Year 6 children volunteered to be school Well Being Ambassadors.
The wellbeing ambassadors have come up with the idea to locate a worry box in each class. This is another way way to allow children to post any worries they have instead of going up to an adult. These worry boxes allow the children to relieve their worries. Staff check these boxes regularly and provide
support where required. Well Being Ambassadors remind staff about these boxes each week.
These ambassadors worked particularly hard to create a lovely display for Children’s Mental Health Week 2022. You can find images on our Instagram feed.
Well Being Ambassadors are working alongside our Anti-Bullying Champions to gain accreditation for The Diana Award. Supported by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign engages young people, parents and teachers to change the attitudes, behaviour and culture of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations, both online and offline. Click HERE for more information about the award.
Children’s Mental Heath Week
New End marks Children’s Mental Health Week each year. Working alongside Unlocking Potential in 2022, New End encouraged the children to think about their Identity as a focus for the week. Children learnt about their identities and how this relates to their emotional well-being. Activities included using puzzle pieces to represent different parts of their identities, dancing to celebrate who they are, thinking about similarities and differences between their peers and recognising we are all individual and unique.