We have some very exciting news to share! Worple Primary School have recently joined TIS (Trauma Informed Schools) training programme with a vision of becoming an accredited Trauma and Mental Health Informed School. Staff have already taken part in training and we have further sessions booked for the academic year ahead. We also have a member of staff who is currently training alongside the TIS Team in gaining a recognised qualification as a Mental Health Practitioner, this will enable Worple to have an onsite specialist available to our children.
I am sure you’ll agree this is a hugely positive step in working to support the wellbeing of our children and community. This practice and ethos will become an integral part of our values as we work towards this award.
Professor Tamsin Ford (University of Exeter Medical School) states that “schools are a front line service in relation to mental health” (2018). In light of this, our practical skills-based training course underpinned by over 1000 evidence-based psychological, medical and neuroscientific research studies, is designed to inform and empower school staff to respond effectively to vulnerable children and those who have suffered a trauma or have a mental health issue. Without such interventions, painful life experiences are likely to present in challenging behaviour and/or blocks to learning. The training provides delegates with key insights into the psychology and neuroscience of mental ill-health and challenging behaviour alongside vital tools and techniques in knowing how to respond to a child’s narrative of painful life events. So often this is enough to prevent years of suffering and the medicalising of their distress with psychiatric labels and medication. Delegates will also be trained to know when to seek the support of psychologist-led supervision and when, due to limits of competence, to refer on. The course not only focuses on work with individual children but also on changing whole school cultures to be mentally healthy for all. The curriculum covers interventions designed specifically to address teacher stress, teacher absence and poor staff retention.
If you want to change troubled children’s lives, reduce exclusions, improve pupil attendance and staff retention, while positively impacting on the mental health of the school culture as a whole, then this certificated training is a must!
This training will enable Staff to:
Work with whole school implementation of mentally healthy policies and practices