Safeguarding matters- Ed Burnett
Over the course of the Easter holidays we have tried to ensure that our remote school placed the wellbeing and the safeguarding of each
pupil at the heart of everything we do. This has followed four key principles:
The government recently updated its safeguarding guidance because it is worried about the impact that remote learning and social distancing will have on young people. This ranges from direct issues such as online vulnerability through to the indirect impact of screen time and isolation on mental health.
Our children will be impacted by this and they need
to know how to respond by reaching out for support via the mechanisms they are used to such as their family, friends and the school. Alternatively, they may prefer to reach in and find their
own solutions through external agencies and organisations. A great example would be using the many excellent charities such as Young Minds.
Not only must our young people look after themselves, but they need to look after one another whether this is directly within their peer groups or more indirectly by keeping an eye out for younger people.
‘We are in this together’: this is a national rallying call and one we are seeing within our own Taunton School community. As a school we continue to work with other multi agencies to ensure that all young people and their families are at the heart of our decision making.
What is the school doing to ensure these four principles are followed?
The screenshot above is probably the best insight into the school’s approach. We have recorded screencasts for each year group to talk through all the different things we are doing to support them and our community. The summary is below
1. The school is here for them – we may be remote, but we will do everything we can to remain at the centre of their lives.
2. Every remote day starts with tutorial time so they can connect with their friends in the tutor group and with their tutor
3. We have not furloughed any key staff in our health Centre to ensure continuity of care. Emily Kane, Danni Ziabek (the sister and deputy sister), both mental health nurses (Maria and Sarah) and Frank, the school counsellor remain employed by the school
4. We continue to put together a wide co-curricular and wellbeing programme (outlined by Hayley Mortimer and Ruth Coomber in this edition of the courier).
As ever, if there anything else we could and should
be doing then please do get on touch: no matter what the circumstances we want to work with pupils and parents to ensure our children continue to thrive through these challenging times.
Five ways to wellbeing- Ruth Coomber
During this unusual time that we are living through, wellbeing is perhaps more vital than ever. We have created a dedicated firefly page
and TEAMS group for all staff and students to dip in to as and when they feel they need. On the firefly page we have focused on the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’. This is the principle that wellbeing can be achieved in different ways and these five evidence-based actions can help you feel better. They are simple, free things to do and the aim is to prompt you to consider what you can do to improve your own wellbeing, rather than focus on the things you can’t do in the current situation.
Connect with other people
Be physically active
Give to others
Take notice/pay attention to the present moment
Coming soon will be yoga sessions with Mrs Wreford (Teacher and Head of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics) but for the time being there are daily additions of activities and suggestions of things to do to calm anxious thoughts, keep you busy or to have a focus on. If anyone has any good ideas, then please email them in and I will share them on the various channels.
Take a look at the links below for some helpful suggestions to lift your spirits:
TEAMS: https://teams.microsoft.com/#/school/ conversations/Wellbeing%20Centre?threadId=19:8dd782c858744 email@example.com&ctx=channel
Ed Burnett, Deputy Head and Head of Pastoral