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Mental Health & Wellbeing

At Maple Ridge, we are committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing for all our community. It is known that children and young people with special educational needs can be at higher risk of mental health difficulties and, as a school, we know it is not always easy to identify mental health difficulties in children with SEN. Therefore, an important part of our curriculum is providing opportunities for our children to develop the skills to understand and express their emotions, learning strategies to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life.

 

All staff, including Governors are committed to supporting the good mental health of our community.

Here are some of our daily routines and interventions to support good mental health at Maple Ridge:

Morning Meet & Greet

Senior leaders and staff greet the children, parents & carers as they arrive at school giving them a sense of belonging to our community.

Singing Assemblies

Helps to regulate breathing, enjoyed by pupils & staff, releases ‘happy’ hormones and boosts confidence, well-being of the children & self-esteem.

 

Choose

Supports pupils’ choices and opportunities to try new activities with different children. Boosts confidence, well-being of the children & self-esteem.

Celebration Assemblies

Weekly achievements celebrated with certificates and stickers. Boosts self-esteem, confidence & well-being of the children alongside celebrating the achievements of others.

 

Turtle Area in Class

Support pupils with emotional regulation through turtle time within the classroom developing pupil confidence and well-being.

Individual Schedules

Reduces anxiety through predictability of tasks increasing independence alongside developing pupil confidence and well-being.

Specialist PE Teacher

Delivers a PE curriculum to meet sensory motor needs supporting emotional regulation as well as developing confidence and well-being of the children.

 

Speech & Language Therapists

Support the development of communication boosting confidence and self-esteem and overall wellbeing of the children.

Behaviour Support Assistants

Support with emotional regulation and keeping themselves safe alongside communication by developing, self-esteem, confidence and overall well-being of the children.

 

Team 3 End of Day Clubs

Supports independence, new opportunities and transitioning alongside pupil confidence, self-esteem and well-being.

 

Attachment Awareness

Staff in each team are trained to support children with attachment difficulties, supporting keeping themselves safe, emotional regulation, communication and self-esteem.

Specialist Computing Teacher

Delivers a computing curriculum that develops independence, confidence and self-esteem while learning the skills to keep themselves safe online supporting their emotional well-being.

 

Sensory OT

Individual and group programmes delivered by Sensory OT, Complex Needs team & class team to meet sensory motor needs and emotional regulation developing pupil confidence and well-being.

Elklan

Staff in each team are Elklan trained; they work with pupils to develop their ability to understand, listen and talk, supporting emotional regulation as well as increasing pupil confidence, communication and overall well-being.

 

Team Teach

A holistic approach to supporting positive behaviour management through de-escalation and communication over physical intervention wherever possible, supporting communication, positive relationships and overall wellbeing of staff and children.

 

Horseriding

is run by the RDA and provides therapy, fitness and skills development. It boosts self-esteem, confidence & well-being of the children alongside celebrating the achievements of themselves and others.

Home/school service

is run by our home/school co-ordinator and offers different levels of support to our families creating a sense of belonging and improving the wellbeing of our families.

Maple Chat

Informal parent/carers group that meet once a month over tea & biscuits and chat about anything, supporting the wellbeing of the families by staying connected and developing a sense of belonging.

 

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 (Thomas Outreach Programme)

Provides early intervention for young children with ASD/social communication difficulties. Alongside open door sessions, a parent/child support group for pre-school children in development and collaboration with Basingstoke Portage Service. This creates a sense of belonging, developing confidence and supporting the overall wellbeing of the family.

 

Task Force

Parents and carers can meet once a month to develop school resources providing opportunities for parents to get to know and support each other developing a sense of belonging, providing emotional support and improving the wellbeing of families.

 

SHIP

(School Home Intergrated Partnership)

is part of our home/school service to support parents/carers and their families with children that can be hard to manage and affect family life supporting the overall wellbeing of the family.

 

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