Set out below are some of the questions most frequently asked about our Primary School Programme. If you have a query that is not covered in the questions below, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
The Programme supports the requirements of the PSHE curriculum in the following ways:
- It helps to develop emotional awareness;
- It builds confidence and resilience; and
- It increases pupils’ ability to keep themselves mentally healthy.
How much curriculum time does the Programme take?
The Programme takes up very little time outside the allocated PSHE Ed curriculum. The ©KIPSY stories fit neatly into the requirements to teach social and emotional skills by teaching an emotional vocabulary and facilitating children’s understanding of emotions. ©The Feelings Flower is designed to be completed by children as they enter their classroom and becomes part of their normal daily routine. As it gives an early indication to staff of any children that may need additional support, it can in fact save time during the school day.
Whole School Staff Induction
The first stage of the programme is for a member of the charity to deliver the Emotional Literacy Programme Staff Induction; to ensure children receive a consistency in approach and language we like to ensure that along with teaching staff, all teaching assistants and midday supervisors are invited. The induction session should last for around 1.5 hours (including time for questions) and can be done either as part of a staff training day, at a twilight training session or at an after school staff meeting.
The induction includes the following:
- an overview of pupil wellbeing, including the neuroscience of wellbeing
- the theory behind the Making Me Emotional Literacy Programme
- an overview of the resources we us, including a demonstration of how the resources work
Whole School Wellbeing Assembly
An assembly for all children in the school to explain how we can care for our mental health as well as our physical health and how the resources we introduce will help them.
The Programme Resources
The second stage of the programme is for our workshop resources to be delivered throughout your school, either by school staff (Feelings Flower and KIPSY storybook), or by Making Me Facilitators (Shield of Resilience Workshop).
In order to ensure that the benefits of the Emotional Literacy Programme are made available to as many children as possible, we do not charge for our services. We simply ask that you fundraise on our behalf by
- Adopting us as your school charity for the year, nominating us for all charitable activities
- Downloading our Fundraising Pack Making Me Fundraising Pack full of fundraising ideas to share with your parent body
If you are interested in introducing the Making Me Primary School Programme into your school, you can book by simply completing our contact us form
or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We aim to make engagement with our Emotional Literacy Programme as straighforward as possible.
1) Our School Engagement Manager will ask you to complete our Terms of Engagement form
2) You will be allocated a secure login and password to give you access to all of the materials you will need for the workshops.
3) Your School Engagement Manager will also arrange a date and time to deliver the following:
- our Whole School Staff Induction
- our Wellbeing Assembly
- our Shield of Resilience Workshops (school years 3-6 only)
4) Once all the workshops have been delivered, the Programme ends with
- your fundraising activity to support the work of the charity.
- collection of our evaluation data
- our Thank You certificate
Upon completion of the Programme, you will be allocated a School Relationship Manager who will be your main point of contact going forward for any support you may need.
Whilst we do not have any fixed office premises, our charity is based in central Bedford and our work currently covers all primary schools in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.
As well as targeted fundraising, we also ask that you complete our evaluation, which is crucial for us as:
- it helps us assess how effective our workshops are and ensure that they are having the desired impact on children;
- it enables us to learn and develop the programme in response to school feedback
- it enables us to show impact both in order to apply for external funding as well as to report back on any funding we receive.
Without the generosity of external funders, our work could not happen and the charity would be unable to exist; therefore, completion of the forms is an essential part of the Programme.