Looking After Pupils’ Welfare and Wellbeing
We believe every child deserves the support they need to fulfil their potential at school.
For some, this may include access to specialist clinical services to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
We have over 100 qualified clinicians across the UK covering a comprehensive range of specialisms including, Educational Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Music and Art Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Counsellors.
All our clinicians are registered members of their profession’s regulatory body and work using standardised assessments and evidence-based interventions. Our clinical teams are multi-disciplinary focused and work within recognised frameworks, such as The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).
Our teams will signpost to local child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and Neurodevelopmental Specialist teams as required.
Our Clinical Services include:
Initial Needs Assessment
Initial Needs Assessments can be conducted in person or virtually and enable everyone to gain a shared understanding of your pupils needs and how to respond to them.
Alongside our qualified clinicians, our Assistant Psychologist and Therapy Assistants will work closely with your pupils, staff and families to further understand the presenting problem.
A full report with recommendations will then be produced about the pupil.
By understanding any cognitive, emotional, and social challenges, our Educational Psychologists will help identify the best way to ensure your pupils achieve their academic potential and remove any barriers to learning.
An individual assessment involves gathering and interpreting a wide range of information to provide an in depth evaluation on how your pupil understands and processes information.
Part of this could include a cognitive assessment. The evaluation may also cover the development of your student’s academic skills such as reading, spelling, writing and mathematics.
A detailed report will be provided which will include recommendations for how best to support the pupil.
We can also provide further training to ensure that your team are well equipped to continue supporting in the future.
Understanding a pupil’s neurodiversity is key to providing them with the best learning environment, as well as supporting the young person themselves to develop an understanding of their own strengths and areas of need.
Our clinicians can assess for Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and associated neurodiverse presentations, including sensory needs and communication difficulties.
Our neurodiversity assessments include a thorough developmental history with the pupil’s family as well as person-centred diagnostic interviews with the pupil and teaching staff.
All the collected information is considered in a multidisciplinary team (MDT) diagnostic discussion. A detailed report with recommendations will be provided to ensure your pupil can learn and develop effectively.
Art Therapy is a type of creative psychotherapy that uses art as a medium to promote self-esteem and relaxation and help pupils express themselves and communicate with others.
Art and play are highly subjective as therapies and can be tailored to meet the unique abilities, strengths, and needs of your pupils.
Ideal for those managing mental health issues, life-limiting disorders, physical disabilities, or neurological conditions. Art psychotherapy helps pupils to cope with emotional stress and builds confidence and self-awareness.
Music Therapy uses evidence-based music interventions to improve social, emotional and physical functioning and wellbeing.
This method can help pupils managing mental health problems, stress, or trauma as well as those with learning difficulties and developmental disorders.
Techniques include free and structured improvisation, singing songs and vocalisations, and listening to both pre-recorded and live music.
Music Therapy can help your pupils express themselves and progress in ways not possible through traditional talking therapies.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Therapy deals with speech, language, communication, and swallowing difficulties.
Our Speech and Language Therapists work is informed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Five Principles of Good Communication Standards.
They will work closely with your staff and the pupil’s family to support with the assessment of communication difficulties as well as provide specific advice and interventions.
Our Occupational Therapists work with pupils to help them develop skills for everyday life in the areas of self-care, life skills, schoolwork, and play. They can deliver a range of sensory informed interventions and can be involved in creation of a bespoke sensory passport.
They will also advise on the right resources for your pupils and make suggestions for environmental adaptions that will meet their physical and sensory needs.
Our counsellors are highly skilled at working with pupils with a variety of mental health and wellbeing needs, using a variety of evidence-based therapeutic interventions, for example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
They can deliver evidenced-based work for those who have experienced trauma, anxiety and/or low mood, as well as stress related disorders.
They can also offer groups and workshops for topics such as emotional literacy, mindfulness, and resilience building.
Our counsellors will help your staff to understand the best way to support pupils, assessing their needs and developing a therapeutic support plan.
They will uphold safeguarding policies, keep clinical records and report on progress.
We can provide a wide range of high- quality training to help your team develop both their confidence and competence in Safeguarding.
Tailored to the need of trainees’, our courses keep the child in focus and build skills that allow practitioners to achieve the best outcomes for your pupils.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Training
We run bespoke training sessions on issues that we know teachers feel they’d like to be more knowledgeable about, including depression, anxiety, self-harm, autism, and ADHD.
We can provide small group sessions or develop a whole-school approach. We recommend all school staff attend these sessions to ensure they are well-equipped to handle these issues.