Personal Development and Wellbeing
At Marfleet we recognise the importance development of the ‘whole child’. We understand wellbeing is fundamental to the overall health of an individual, enabling them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want. This is why our curriculum focuses not just on academic achievement but Personal Develop and wellbeing.
The school offers all children access to a comprehensive Personal Development curriculum as apart of our Marfleet Learning Goal. Alongside this we also offer a range of support for children and families in need of additional help to aid their wellbeing.
The Tree House
The Treehouse is the schools Well-Being provision which offers a range of tailored interventions to meet each child’s individual needs. The concept of the Treehouse is cascaded throughout the whole school and is at the heart of our Behaviour and Well-Being ethos. We hold the values that each child has the right to access their education in a safe and calm environment. Every morning each class holds an emotional check in using the school well-being display. This allows the children to regulate and express themselves emotionally in a safe environment, and is an integral part of the schools Personal Development curriculum.
The Treehouse, in conjunction with the schools behaviour and well-being procedures, was set up by the schools Personal Development, Behaviour and Well-Being Lead, Miss Hunt, who strives to ensure every child succeeds. She is based in the Treehouse room and offers an open door policy to all children to ensure they have a safe space to speak up and feel their voice is heard. Specialist support is also available on a 1:1 or group work basis taking a therapeutic approach. Miss Hunt is a significant person in offering support to children to help solve their problems and make sense of their feelings. She also extends this support to parents and carers; offering parenting support, advice and signposting parents to external agencies.
Miss Hunt leads the Behaviour, Well-being and Personal Development team which is made up of the following staff:
In order to signpost children to the most effective support the school has created a ‘Threshold of Need’, this clearly outlines the procedures and interventions available and ensures consistency throughout the school. All children in the school are offered our well-being ‘Universal Services’ as standard. Any children requiring additional support will then move up the threshold of need.
At the heart of our well-being provision is our VCL (vulnerable children’s list). Children primarily without additional SEND needs who may be struggling emotionally, academically etc are brought to weekly meetings in which Miss Hunt will offer class teachers support, guidance and clear strategies to move forward. As part of this every member of staff has access to a wide range of resources/intervention plans which have been put together covering key areas such as split families, self-esteem, anger management, resilience and managing worries/anxieties.
Any children requiring targeted support will also receive a Pastoral Passport. This is a document that supports children, class teachers and families in finding ways in which to best support the children. This is reviewed each term and new targets are set.
The Acorn is an extension of the Treehouse and offers weekly 1:1 and group work with our targeted support children. Miss Cawkwell is based in the acorn on a Friday and works alongside Miss Hunt in providing well-being support.
The school takes a restorative approach in dealing with any issues, valuing that everyone has a voice. We have clear behaviour expectations for all children with appropriate rewards and consequences in place.