Heads Up Kids is a universal social and emotional wellbeing programme delivered in partnership with Norwood and PaJeS and funded by the Wohl Foundation. The sessions are facilitated by the class teacher in the classroom for the whole class. Teachers are trained and supported to run the programme by the Heads Up Kids team. Our main programme focuses on Key Stage 2. The programme is a group experience whereby children learn and share through games, drama, art and discussion.
Written by Andy Hugh and Claire Godley, the overall aim is to create a shared emotional language in the classroom. "We believe that in a classroom where children have the words to express their feelings and feel confident to do so, those children will be more resilient, more able to solve problems, they will have more empathy for others and be better able to work collaboratively."
A key outcome of the programme is that the skills that teachers and children begin to develop are not just confined to the classroom sessions but make an ongoing difference and impact on all areas of school life. Providing this opportunity creates a strong baseline for emotional literacy and positive mental health as well as helping to highlight those children who may require early intervention or support. The programme seeks to normalise discussion around social and emotional challenges in order to make it easier for children to speak up when they encounter difficulties.
Alongside our main programme we are working with schools to support them through Covid-19.
Heads Up Kids: Supporting an Emotional Language in the Lockdown Classroom
- A weekly 3-minute video for the class teacher to show the class.
- Activity sheets to fill in during and after the video.
- The videos and resources will provide opportunities for the children to talk, share and connect with one another and create class cohesion at this time.
- Additional resources will be added to offer teachers a range of tools to use online to enhance children’s wellbeing.
- Each weekly session will take no more than 15 minutes.
- These session will be added weekly until school resumes
These sessions can take place at any time during the week.
Teacher Webinar - 'Creating Safety in Uncertain Times'
"Creating Safety in Uncertain Times". The webinar offers an opportunity for reflection, a theoretical framework and a toolbox of practical ideas to implement in the classroom.
We have also created a document with some suggested activities that teachers can implement straight away to support classes at this time, particularly those dealing with the disruption of bubble closures and absent children and teachers. This is accompanied by a worksheet for children.