March 11

School reduces exclusions from 19 to zero

The school have used relaxation in the following ways: Every Class uses the Relax Kids CDs during the day for a few minutes of calm. After School Relax Kids Club - free to children (series of 10 sessions) Relax kids Chill Skills programme is offered to Years 5&6 The school has two Calm Rooms where children can refresh their relaxation skills. Each term, every class in the school attends a one-hour Relax Kids session in one of the school's two Calm Rooms so that children can refresh their skills. Each classroom has a Calmer Classroom pack which is available for any child that needs to manage their anxiety and stress. Elements of the Relax Kids programme are used in the classroom to bring about changes in atmosphere of the classroom, with short, simple exercises being used successfully by teachers and support staff. Relax Kids sessions are linked to current learning relating either to the current SEAL or PHSE curriculum. 'In 2006-2007 the school had the third highest number of fixed term exclusions in the borough... So far in 2009-2010 there have been no exclusions' Chris Ball Learning Mentor 'overall levels of emotional literacy in pupils has risen significantly in the two academic years since SEAL and Relax Kids were fully introduced' Chris Ball Evaluation The school uses the NFER Emotional Literacy Assessment and Invervention tool to assess levels of emotional literacy across the whole school twice a year and it has been able to directly measure the impact of their approach to the social and emotional aspects of learning. The overall levels of emotional literacy in pupils has risen significantly in the two academic years since SEAL and Relax Kids were fully introduced. Results show that the school has fewer children than expected with below average or well below average levels of emotional literacy. Correspondingly, the percentage of children with above average or well-above average emotional literacy are significantly higher than would be expected. Ofsted give the school an 'OUSTANDING' for emotional well being, pastoral care and personal development.

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