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What is GMPS Emotional Wellbeing?
Staff at Great Malvern are trained by a Trauma Informed School (TIS) practitioner. TIS recognises the impact of yearly childhood trauma and supports children with their emotional health, well-being and social skills; all of which are needed for learning to take place. It is based on up to date brain science and research into child development and helps all the staff in our school to adapt their approach to individual children to build self-esteem, well-being and positive behaviour.
For us this means that we have TIS embedded within our whole school ethos, we passionately believe in and deliver a creative curriculum which builds children's social and emotional resilience.
With the support of TIS trained staff, adults learn how to help children and young people to:
- feel good about themselves
- know that they matter
- become more resilient and resourceful
- have a positive place in society
- form trusting, rewarding relationships
- be creative
- be compassionate and empathetic
- be thoughtful and self-aware
- be productive
- be able to overcome difficulties and setbacks
At times we use TIS approaches with individual children whilst on other occasions the approaches are tailored to meet the needs of whole classes. The emphasis is on providing positive, descriptive feedback to children. Activities are based on the arts and unleashing children's creative talents. We use puppets, sandpits, feathers, mirrors, sensory blocks and raw materials that enable children to creatively express their thoughts, emotions and sensations. Adopting a helpful attitude is key to successes. By working in this extremely focused way with individual children we can really make a difference to their social and emotional resilience.