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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- 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).
- ©Feelings Flower – this is an emotional barometer that is used in each classroom to enable staff to quickly assess the wellbeing of each child;
- ©KIPSY storybook – this is a storybook that develops children’s emotional literacy by describing what happens when we experience different feelings. It also introduces the concept of ‘calm’ and invites children to practice a short mindful technique in order to learn how to self-regulate and access calm. It is available in different age-appropriate versions including: ‘Pre-school and Reception’, ‘Year 1′ ‘Year 2’ and ‘Years 3 and 4’.
- ©Shield of Resilience – this is a 90 minute long workshop that is delivered by Making Me Facilitators to school years 3 and 6. A similar version using a phone can be delivered to children in school years 5 and 6 if it is thought the “shield” concept is too young.
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. This can take the form of adopting us as your school charity for the year, nominating us for charitable activities during children’s mental health week or simply engaging in a whole school mufti day and can be undertaken by the school or your PTA. We have a fundraising pack available to help you with fundraising ideas as well as to help you explain to your parent body who we are and why you have engaged us to deliver our programme in your school.Making Me Fundraising Pack
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.
Knowing how busy the school environment can be, we have endeavoured to make engagement with our Emotional Literacy Programme as straighforward as possible.
- The first step is to complete the contact us form; please include an indication of when you would like to start the Programme.
- You will then be contacted by a School Engagement Manager to complete our Terms of Engagement form which includes a date and idea when you/your PTA agree to fundraise for us.
- You will then be allocated a secure login and password to give you access to all of the materials you will need for the workshops.
- Your School Engagement Manager will also arrange a date and time to deliver the following:
- our Whole School Staff Induction; and
- our Shield of Resilience Workshops (school years 3-6 only)
5. Once all the workshops have been delivered, the Programme ends with
- your fundraising activity to support the work of the charity.
- collection of our post-workshop evaluation
- our Children’s Voice questionnaire
- 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 to plan any further workshops and training programmes you may need as your staff and pupil body change over time.
Every two years, your School Relationship Manager will contact you to arrange another round of Shield of Resilience workshops, so each cohort will get the chance to access this workshop as they progress through the school.
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 engaging in fundraising activities, we also ask that you complete our evaluation forms. We have one form that we will ask you to fill in when we deliver your staff induction, a further form that we will ask you to fill in once you have had a few months to embed the programme in your school and a children’s voice questionnaire that a member of charity staff will endeavour to complete once the programme is complete.
Completion of the evaluation process is crucial for us on a number of levels: –
- it helps us to know that our workshops are effective and that they are having the desired impact on children;
- it enables us to learn and develop the programme in response to school feedback; and
- 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 a pre-requisite to delivery of the Programme.