At Venn Boulevard Centre, we are committed to providing a comprehensive pastoral and wellbeing offer for all our students.
Our team of professionals includes life coaches, attendance officers, welfare officers, and therapists who provide therapeutic activities such as art therapy, music therapy, equine therapy, and aromatherapy to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of our students.
Our pastoral and wellbeing team comprises professionals with a wide range of skills and expertise, who work together to support our students’ mental health and wellbeing. Our life coaches provide personalised coaching sessions to help students develop their personal development curriculum and improve their Executive Functioning skills. Our attendance officers ensure that students attend school regularly and receive the necessary support to overcome any barriers to attendance. Our welfare officers provide support to students and their families who may be experiencing difficulties such as financial, emotional, or physical health issues.
Therapeutic activities are a key component of our pastoral and wellbeing offer. We provide a range of therapeutic activities to support our students’ mental health and wellbeing. Art therapy is a form of therapy that uses art materials and creative processes to help individuals express themselves and improve their emotional wellbeing. Music therapy uses music to help individuals improve their physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Equine therapy involves interacting with horses to improve communication, trust, and emotional regulation. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve mood.
Personal Development Curriculum and Executive Functioning Skills
Our personal development curriculum is designed to develop our students’ Executive Functioning skills, which are essential for success in school and beyond. Executive Functioning skills include cognitive processes such as attention, working memory, and self-control. By developing these skills, students can improve their academic performance, social skills, and emotional regulation. Our life coaches provide personalised coaching sessions to support students’ progress in these skills and tutor’s set termly targets for the pupils.
Research-Based Findings on Wellbeing
Research by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has shown that children’s mental health and wellbeing are crucial for their academic success and future outcomes (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, n.d.). Children who have positive mental health and wellbeing are more likely to achieve their academic goals and have better social skills and relationships. Furthermore, research has shown that therapeutic activities such as art therapy, music therapy, and equine therapy can significantly improve children’s mental health and wellbeing.
“Pupils welcome new arrivals with understanding and compassion.”
“The systems and structures that you have put in place ensure that pupils feel safe at school.”
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through ‘life books’ where observations are made, and improvements praised.”