Mental Health Outreach for Schools
‘We are incredibly impressed by how our HHTS outreach worker was able to fit seamlessly into school life and build positive relationships with our students. Talk and draw therapy has allowed our pupils to express what they are feeling in a way that suits their complex needs and ensures that they have made excellent outcomes in terms of their well-being.’

Assistant Headteacher, Oak Lodge School

Rationale

Within our schools there is a growing crisis affecting our children and young people’s mental health. In England an estimated three young people in every classroom are experiencing a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder. Early Intervention services for mental health in young people can help prevent developing mental health problems from escalating further. The Wandsworth Hospital and Home Tuition Service aims to provide support for more young people in secondary schools experiencing troubling levels of anxiety or social vulnerability.

 

Offered Programmes

The Wandsworth Hospital and Home Tuition Service aims to deliver personalised programmes that are targeted to meet the individual targeted needs of each young person. After an initial introductory session with the young person and gathering background information from the school we would design and offer a programme best suited to them. Individual programmes can include a combination of mental health intervention and confidence building activities. Time set for each programme and individual young person will vary depending on programmes chosen and the young person’s progression. Pupil’s progress will be ability to develop independence, organisational skills, coping strategies for their particular anxieties, self-regulation and empathy for others.

Programmes offered to staff/parents:

  • Autism Awareness
  • Attachment Theory
  • Wellbeing/SEMH/SEN Strategies

 

Programmes offered to pupils:

1 – Confidence building through enrichment activities

  • 1-1 mentoring sessions
  • Arts Award: Discover and Explore through to Silver Level
  • British Sign Language
  • Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • AQA Unit Awards
  • SMART focused goal setting

2 – Assessing Mental Health – Primary Intervention

  • Mental Health first aid
  • Bereavement support
  • Support for self-harm
  • Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • Reflective space
  • Raising low self-esteem
  • Exam anxiety

 

Pupil Profiles

Pupils referred to this programme have a range of profiles/needs, however typical similarities include: general anxiety, social anxiety and social vulnerability.

The programme cost for one day of provision (appx 6-8 pupils seen each day) per week for one term is £2400. To make initial enquiries about this service please contact our administrator, Davinia Gordon on info@hhts.wandsworth.sch.uk or on our central number 0203 513 6103.

‘Every day my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’

(Parent, 2018)

‘Wow, where to begin. I wanted to write to you to demonstrate how much of a positive impact you have had on me……you have restored my faith in teachers everywhere...the CAMHS Campus School was definitely the highlight of Springfield for me as is the case for so many others. Rest assured if I ever get involved in the murky world of politics your funding will be quadrupled, ring-fenced and seared forever.’
‘We are so grateful and thankful for the brilliant staff at the St. George’s Hospital School. We have spent quite a lot of time there over the past 18 months, they have made learning such fun – memorable science experiments and story writing, the best time making posters and adverts and treats for the school cafe. The staff are cheerful, calm, gentle and above all fun. Thank you to the great team.’
‘We were so grateful to the teaching team. They have been absolutely fantastic. My daughter had surgery on Monday and was quiet and withdrawn. This has been instrumental in her recovery and also kept her mind on education whilst she’s been sick.’
‘Everyday my son looks forward to going to school – to get away from his room, and all the poking and prodding from doctors is such a relief. He is treated like a school boy, rather than a patient, and I think this has as much healing properties as medicine! Due to his illness, my son has missed about a month of schooling, but hopefully will have caught up because of the hospital school.’
‘We are so grateful and happy for the care and support – teachers are so helpful and very kind, we love you all for your hard work, keep it up. Thanks so much.’
‘Thank you for the range of learning opportunities you provided my son in hospital for the week for the week he was on the neuro ward. He found the activities very engaging and accessible. He thoroughly enjoys maths and looked forward to the activities you provided for this – he is especially looking forward to the spreadsheet analysis this afternoon. he enjoys music and was surprised to have the opportunity to learn about and play different instruments. Thanks again for all your help.’
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‘We are so grateful that there is a school/classroom to attend. Josie really needs something to focus on when he’s in hospital, he looks forward to getting out of his room and working/studying English, Maths and other interesting topics he can learn about. It has really made a difference to his mood during the hospital stays, having been admitted so many times throughout the past 7 months. Furthermore, it helps him keep on top of his schooling.’
‘Thank you for helping me for the past 10 months. You have helped me to keep as motivated and hopeful for my future as I could have been. I cant wit to start college and maybe become a paramedic. I’ll always remember this school and everyone in it’
‘The service aims to enable pupils with long-term illnesses, mental health issues or who are pregnant to remain in education…... You and your staff ensure that these aims are fully met. Most pupils have missed long periods of learning due to illness. They make remarkable progress during their short time in the school.
Pupils told us that, without the school, they would not be able to engage fully in learning or sit any examinations. Parents value the high-quality teaching provided alongside the excellent care and support given to each individual pupil.’

Ofsted, 2018

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