When children are happy, confident and well equipped to manage the day-to-day challenges of life, they thrive academically. Many children who come to Longdon Hall School have low self-esteem as a result of negative experiences they’ve had within the education system in the past. Through the holistic, therapeutic approach we take to learning, we help children to integrate into school and make positive progress in every aspect of their development.
We truly believe that any child, with the right support, can achieve their potential, so we have dedicated occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and psychological therapists who work with children, depending on their needs. The specialist team visit the school throughout the week and put together clear development plans for each child, which they then follow on a weekly basis. Therapists work closely with families too, helping parents and carers to develop strategies to support their child’s development and tackle specific issues that may arise at home.
Offering highly specialised assessment, consultation, reflective practice, supervision and bespoke training, the well-being and clinical team work directly with the school staff to develop a shared understanding of the pupils, the resources and the interventions integral to good outcomes. Collaborative working ensures that we deliver the highest quality provision, which maximises each person’s quality of life and personal achievements.
The Wellbeing Rainbow is a three-tiered model of support which informs the well-being and clinical offer and places well-being at the core of everything we do. The three tiers follow a continuum of intensity support from Universal, Enhanced to Specialised.
For instance, at a universal level, every pupil is supported by a care team trained in delivering a therapeutic parenting approach and adheres to each child or young person’s behaviour support and educational plans. This support is further complemented by members of the well-being and clinical team trained to deliver group-based interventions. Our enhanced support tier refers to our qualified health professionals who focus on increasing well-being through communication (Speech and Language Therapists), movement/environment (Occupational Therapists) and mental health (Psychologists and Psychotherapists). The specialised level consists of highly skilled clinicians supporting our children or young people’s well-being using evidence-based psychological intervention and holistic consultation.