Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties that manifest in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated and displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour.
These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harm, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. Other children and young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or attachment disorder.
According to the DFE 'Schools and colleges should have clear processes to support children and young people, including how they will manage the effect of any disruptive behaviour so it does not adversely affect other pupils.' The Department for Education publishes guidance on managing pupils’ mental health and behaviour difficulties in schools.
Our trained Mental Health Lead in school is: Mrs K Johnson.
At Kippax Ash Tree our staff team is trained in the Thrive Approach. Our mission is to help children and young people become more emotionally resilient and better placed to engage with life and learning. This whole-school approach to wellbeing is proven to improve attendance, behaviour and attainment. Ultimately Thrive helps children and young people feel safe, supported and ready to learn.
Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional wellbeing, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubling behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.
Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive. We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports their development, helping them to:
Appropriate for all children from birth to adulthood, The Thrive Approach draws on the latest research into brain science, child development theory and attachment theory. It helps us to understand how babies’ and children’s brains develop, and how parents, teachers and other professionals can best support this development by providing the best experiences for the children at each stage.
We use a screening tool and activity planning resource called Thrive-Online. This allows us to check that children are working appropriately for their age and to develop the whole group with activities that ensure that they are as emotionally and socially supported as they can be. Using Thrive-Online will also identify any children in need of extra help. If the screening process suggests that your child would benefit from additional one-to-one support, your school will contact you and, with your consent and involvement, they will carry out a more detailed assessment to develop an action plan that gives specific strategies and activities for supporting your child within our school. The plan will also suggest specific activities that you can do at home, so that together with your school, you can help them through any difficulties they are experiencing. We understand that some circumstances may be sensitive and confidentiality will be paramount at all times when you are discussing your child’s needs with us.
At Kippax Ash Tree we have two licensed Thrive Practitioners; Mrs Dickinson and Miss Whiteley. Our Thrive practitioners assess children's SEMH needs and behavioural needs using the Thrive Online Toolkit (TOL) and then work reparatively both one to one and with small groups of children in our dedicated Thrive Room. Action plans and strategies are tailored to each child’s individual need according to their assessment outcome.
The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates