During the morning, pupils will discuss the role of the well-being leader, learn a bank of physical activities they can offer their peers and understand in more detail how they can support them when they are presenting low mood – using the ‘5 ways to well-being’ and some of the Samaritans Small Talk resources to do this. They will also discuss playtime leadership scenarios to get an understanding of how to manage challenge and poor behaviour. This is a very practical session.
During the afternoon, the pupils will undertake an assessment which includes planning, delivering and evaluating an activity within a team of 6. They will also in pairs, roleplay how you would support a peer who is feeling low – sharing their new ‘5 ways’ knowledge and coming up with ideas that will help them move their peers’ mood.
End of Day Celebration: To finish the day off, the group, alongside Andy, will present their work to the whole school, and receive certificates, during an end of day assembly. Here Andy will also talk about his experiences of times in his life where he has felt low and how others have helped him, similar to the ways in which the children in your school, will now be able to support their peers.
He will also share the important message that it is ok to feel low, but it’s what you do to move your mood that’s important!
We are also always looking to go above and beyond to help you to get the best pupil outcomes you can. So, during the day, Andy would also have some time to fit in some targeted meetings with students who might benefit from some 1-1 time to discuss their SEND conditions or problems with behaviour.
Our practices have been brought in line to provide impact evidence against the Behaviour and attitudes, and Personal Development sections of the updated Education Inspection Framework 2019.
Behaviour and attitudes
Intervention used as evidence to achieve Mental Health Champion Status in Gloucestershire – 2019
Increase in no of children and young people who wanted to feel more confident that the way they supported their peers to move their moods was the right one.
“I just want to say a huge thank you for a fantastic, inspiring and totally engaging day, I can’t believe how much you achieved with our Y5 children in such a short time. I can confidently say that every single child in the focus group left school yesterday with new skills, new understanding and a feeling of ‘I can do anything if I believe in myself’.”
“My 5-year-old son was so excited when Andy visited Yorkley School. He was very inspired by Andy and his story, but it was Andy’s description of how he can change his leg to his blade, my son said, “it clicks on like a Lego brick” Which as a parent feel this will stop the stigma of people with disabilities and what they can achieve. Andy is proof of that”
“Hi Andy, you went to St John’s school and my son Harvey loved it! He now knows who you are when I watch the sports on you and now has more of an interest when I watch the sports as I watch a lot of the running, Olympics and things like that! When he came home from school the day you went he didn’t shut up about you! It was lovely to see him home from school with such energy and enthusiasm which doesn’t happen all the time. Hope that makes sense.”
“Hi Andy, you visited my daughter’s schools this week (Coalway Junior School) and I haven’t stopped hearing about it since. She thoroughly enjoyed the sports you did with them outside and was fascinated when you took off your leg and showed them your running blade. Her highlight was getting to hold your gold medal. Thank you for a fabulous day and sharing your story, she’s come home truly inspired”
“Andy, thanks so much for coming in to Preston’s school, he was so motivated by your visit. I have to say we have had lots of visits to the school but none with the impact you’ve had. Thanks so much”
The ‘Positive Playtimes’ initiative supports pupils’ welfare successfully at breaktimes. Staff encourage pupils to play in the designated zones: ‘stay connected, stay active, give compliments, learn new things and take notice’.
“Thanks again for yesterday, it was everything I was hoping for the children and more! I must also add, I’ve never had such positive feedback from all of the staff – ‘the best speaker we’ve had in the school’ … stick that on your CV!”
“Thank you very, very much for presenting at our Away Day on Wednesday. You were the clear highlight of the day for all the people who attended. It was also lovely that you stayed behind for photos and brought your medals for us to see. Yours was an inspirational story, and our staff were moved by it, and motivated by it.”