Wellbeing

Progress Schools are passionate about creating a nurturing and supportive environment for students and staff alike.

Progress Schools consist of small classroom sizes and enough staff to enable students to get the extra attention they may require. Support staff are also on hand to provide students with 1:1 time to enable them to fully engage with their education and meet their full potential. Progress Schools also conduct a STAR assessment to mark a starting point for each student’s journey in 8 different areas including relationships and health and wellbeing.

Progress Schools are linked with many external agencies to enable us to signpost our students to a number of support services. This includes facilitating work with national organisations such as The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Get Away ‘N’ Get Safe (GANGS) and Educational Psychologists and is further supported by links with local support agencies relevant to each school and the students that attend.

Any additionally required support is embedded in to the curriculum so forms part of the student’s journey. Within this embedded curriculum, students will explore and develop areas such as self-confidence, good wellbeing, and mental health and positive relationships to support them in their own personal journeys.

As part of Progress School’s pastoral support, parents and carers can contact individual staff allowing them to air concerns or raise queries directly with their child’s teacher or the Head Teacher. Or parents/carers can call us just to keep staff updated on home developments that may impact on their child’s education.

Wellbeing is designed to enable students to be accredited by Progress Schools through discreet approaches to personal, social and health education.

The curriculum is designed to work alongside other subjects and allow students to express their own views and work in reflective ways in topics such as:

  • Equality and Diversity
  • British Values
  • Sexual Health
  • Stress Awareness
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Health and Safety
  • Alcohol Awareness

The lessons are designed to enable students to learn about important social issues and become confident in discussing and debating potentially sensitive and controversial issues that they will encounter in their lives.

Each topic is looked at from various perspectives and guest speakers are regularly invited to enable students to ask potentially difficult questions in safe surroundings.

After running these as strands embedded in the curriculum, Progress Schools have now gained accreditation for qualifications in the above areas. All students benefit from well-being sessions but all can now receive formal recognition of the work they undertake in these areas.