The DISCOVER team were completely invested in our students and their needs and also to work, as far as possible, with key staff at the school. They communicated brilliantly with both staff and students. They shared their expertise and offered supportive advice to me which has supported my own work with the students whom I support. Ruth and Sara presented brilliantly to the sixth form - we were so pleased that even some students, who were off our radar in respect of their emotional needs, plucked up the courage and reached out for support. It is important for schools to welcome new people to the students as this can sometimes lead to a breakthrough as we have seen with a number of students.
The day workshop had a deep impact on the students - even now, when checking up with a number of these students during lockdown, they are practicing the techniques that they worked through, are still using recommended apps and some have successfully adopted clear routines during this difficult time away from school. A few of the students have reported to me that they are maintaining better communication with their parents which is a fantastic outcome.
I think such outreach programs are vitally important - offering the support within the school, encouraging students themselves to put themselves forward, having an intensive day of support and also having a clear program for follow up. I have had good feedback from the parents who were contacted - they have seen a real improvement in communication with their daughters.
Testimonial: head of sixth form, school 2
1. It helped us show that we were taking mental health seriously. 2. The feedback about students was absolutely invaluable 3. It added a desperately needed first layer of support for students. 4. Incredibly helpful to have professional advice on hand. 5. This was all in the context of regular and helpful dialogue with effective and professional individuals - thank you.
It is extremely useful to have experts who can from outside sources who can navigate the myriad of local services, and, understand the links for students outside of the borough. It is also helpful to have this blended with a comment on learning needs.
Testimonial: head of year 12, school 3
Teaching students skills they can use and do on their own to help support their well-being - they really do use it! the review meetings were great! They really open up about what they are experiencing and helps us as a school to support them more specifically.
Students over time became more open about communicating their feelings and trusting, I think in combination with the program and having the support of the pastoral team alongside it.
Thank you. This program has been so helpful and has helped bring to light how great the need to support mental health and well-being is in this year group.