Mental Health and Wellbeing
Inclusion Support- What We Offer
Our Inclusion Team are passionate about nurturing and developing the emotional health and mental well-being of our children and young people. They offer a number of interventions and therapies for pupils with identified needs, through groups and one-to-one sessions covering many topics; that best supports the needs of each individual.
The children who attend the therapies are identified by Teachers, Parents, external professionals and the Inclusion Team themselves. As a parent, should you have any concerns regarding your child’s well-being, please contact our Inclusion Team on 01452 530777.
This form of direct work is undertaken on a ‘need’ basis. If it is identified that a child may benefit from one-to-one work, it can be undertaken within school by a member of the pastoral team. This work can address needs, such as anger management, worries, loss, and family issues; as well as others. Parents are kept informed and may be advised to consider having a referral to an external agency made on their child’s behalf; if they require a specialist practitioner.
Teens in Crisis (TIC+)
TIC+ support children and young people aged 9-21 and their families.
TIC+, formerly known as Teens in Crisis, has been providing counselling services and support to children, young people and their families in Gloucestershire since 1993.
Play Therapy is a form of counselling that uses play to help children. Rather than having to talk about what is troubling them, children use play to communicate at their own level and at their own pace, without feeling interrogated or threatened.
Play Therapy can help children in many ways e.g. a reduction in anxiety and raised self-esteem, or change in behaviour and improved relations with family and friends. Play is a child's natural medium and the role of the therapist is to help the child process the events that are causing them problems.
Support for the wider community
The following are examples of the types of help also available from the school:
- Parent Counselling (subject to availability)
- Parent cafe / social groups / siblings groups
- Provide contact details of other support services and agencies
- Parent Workshops,
- General care, support and advice
- A listening ear
Trailblazer Programme - Mental Health Support Teams in Schools
We are delighted that our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new, national programme to help make mental health support for children and young people more available when they need it.
We are one of 72 schools from Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean to work with the NHS in Gloucestershire to introduce Mental Health Support Teams into schools.
We hope that these teams will provide valuable support to our pupils to help them with life's ups and down. for example, with issues such as anxiety, friendship concerns, exam stress and challenging behaviour.
This may involve group work and/or individual, one-to-one support, either at school or elsewhere. Where appropriate, the Mental Health Support Team will also link up with the specialist mental health services in Gloucestershire. They will also support parents and teachers to help young people who are experiencing difficulties.
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to make a referral to the service, please contact the Inclusion Team.