"It is much easier to build up a child, than it is to repair an adult"
We are committed fully to supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of our whole community of children, staff, parents and carers.
Our ethos is supportive, caring and respectful. We understand and recognise that children’s mental health is a vital factor in their overall wellbeing and how it can affect their learning and achievements. Our School encourages children to be open and we support all children to have their voice heard.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that “in order to help their children succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Our School is a place for children to experience a nurturing and supportive environment. We support the children to develop their self-esteem and build resilience. We understand all children and their families go through ups and downs, and some face significant life events.
In 2017, research (Mental Health of Children and Young People in England) found that “one in eight five to 19-year olds had at least one mental disorder”. We know that anyone in our community may need additional emotional support to cope with life’s challenges.
Many of the young people referred to us will have faced multiple ACEs such as abuse, neglect and dysfunctional home environments. These adverse experiences put children at more risk of developing harmful behaviours including smoking, harmful alcohol use, drug use, risky sexual behaviour, violence and crime. This in turn is linked to diseases such as diabetes, mental illness, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and ultimately to premature mortality. At More Than Ed we pride ourselves on providing an entirely Trauma-Informed learning environment for our young people.
There is a growing mental health crisis in our schools, heightened even further by the recent pandemic. An estimated three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem, rising to one in four when we include emotional distress. At More Than Ed we take the wellbeing of our young people extremely seriously, ensuring that we create a safe, nurturing Provision, where each student can access immediate therapy and support. Our aim is to improve our students’ ability to self-regulate their emotions, raise their self-esteem and develop their emotional resilience.
Feeling good about who you are, and having a positive self identity are key aspects of our wellbeing. They are important if we are to bounce back when encountering difficulties in life. All our staff are highly experienced in building supportive relationships with hard to reach young people, whereby each child can feel comfortable, happy and able to trust. These relationships are the foundation of being able to learn and develop. We aim to empower our young people by helping them to develop their Problem Solving Skills through Speech and Language Therapy and Play. As a Trauma Informed Provision, we adopt a Strengths-Based Approach, interacting with our young people in ways that are respectful and positive, and working alongside them to identify positive ways forward in their lives.