At New Heights, we take the wellbeing of all of our staff and students seriously. It is at the forefront of our approach and delivery of support to our young people.
This year we have introduced a new programme of training for our LSAs which will support our young people in some very important areas.
Upskilling staff (learning is a key pillar in our emotional wellbeing) is important to us and providing opportunities to do this within our CPD timetable was key. Throughout the autumn term, our LSAs (Learning Support Assistants) have been provided opportunities to complete this task and develop their interests within their chosen field. This will be an ongoing programme on our CPD calendar.
The young people who join New Heights have had a wide range of experiences before joining us. Most display challenging behaviours which have caused them difficulties within the mainstream setting, with often no ‘route cause’ being identified.
Challenging behaviour is often the expression of an unmet need, and the more we get to know our students, the more we can identify the potential causes of this behaviour, often finding it is potentially linked to undiagnosed neurodevelopmental conditions, mental wellbeing concerns, or traumatic events.
All of our LSA’s were given the opportunity to identify an area they would like to find out more about, and given time and access to training opportunities in order to ‘upskill’ in their chosen area. With the support of our SENDCo, they identified the following topics:
- Supporting Transgender and sexuality issues
- Sensory Processing Difficulties
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Dyspraxia (also known as Developmental coordination disorder)
- Mental health and wellbeing
Click on the images to find out more information about our Topic Champions, best said in their own words!