St Edwards Primary School joined HeadStart in 2015. Over two years, children at the school have participated in the HeadStart BounceBack programme. BounceBack is a 10 week course that guides primary aged pupils through 10 key areas of wellbeing encouraging them to set goals and make small changes in their lives to build resilience. Jayson Branigan, the HeadStart Youth Practitioner supporting St Edwards, said
The children at St Edwards have all been recommended to HeadStart by school staff. HeadStart offers whole school training to help staff spot the early signs of mental health problems. To date, HeadStart has trained over 1,200 of the borough’s school staff to identify pupils who could benefit from additional support to improve their resilience. The programme provides schools with access to programmes like BounceBack to support the mental health needs of the young people in their care.
Diane Tatnell, Assistant Head Teacher at St Edwards said,
HeadStart is working with 40 primary schools and 14 secondary schools in Newham. So far, over 500 young people have taken part in HeadStart activities like BounceBack.
St Edwards Primary School has praised HeadStart’s approach to supporting young people. Diane said,
Click here to meet some of the young people who have taken part in BounceBack at St Edwards.