We are a Headstart School which means that we work in conjunction with Headstart Newham to support students wellbeing and resilience.
Headstart offers young people evidence based activities including Team Social Action, More than Mentors and opportunities to shape the Headstart programme through HeadStart Champions; reaches students out of school hours through online based activities like BounceBack Online; offers young people a menu of free, specialised community based creative and sports activities.
Change Grow Live
Headstart Newham and Change Grow Live work together with specialist providers. They offer a variety of sports and creative arts workshops to Newham's children, specifically between the ages of 10 - 16. Experienced Youth Practitioners provide one-to-one throughout our courses.
Click here to visit changegrowlive.org for:
- online activities
- music online resources
- sports online resources
- wellbeing online resources including a link to KOOTH
Kooth offer emotional and wellbeing support up to 22:00 every day. You can confide and be comfortable with one of their friendly online counsellors.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
We take Mental Health and Well-being across our community seriously. Our students have recently participated in a Mental Health programme called On The Level.
Here is a sample of what On The Level offers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPW5jnXev8k
On The Level is an interactive online TV show presented by young people. Pupils interact with the programme using their digital devices. On The Level is made by Reprezent, an award-winning youth development organisation and media platform that helps young people realise their full personal potential through core social, emotional and communication skills.
Since 2017, Reprezent has delivered Mental Health education and support to schools across London and Essex.
What families can do to support each other's mental health and wellbeing:
Mental Health affects everyone, but you don’t have to be an expert to take some simple steps to improve the Mental Health of those around you.
Talking about Mental Health is an important part of identifying what you are worried about, and how others might be able to help. Try asking your young person:
- What did they learn during On The Level?
- What do they feel the challenges are to their mental health?
- What can you do together as a family to support each other’s mental health?
Mental Health Support:
During the On The Level show, our students learned how to sign up to and access Kooth.com, an online counselling service, and Woebot, an app which helps to challenge unhelpful thought patterns.
‘Qwell’ is a version of Kooth for adults. Here you will find instructions on how to sign up along with information about its services. Qwell is a safe and confidential space to share experiences and gain support from the Qwell community, including qualified professionals.
To sign up, simply click here and answer the enrolment questions.
Once you are signed in, there is an amazing selection of resources and advice.
- You can find articles and community discussion around categories like Mental Health, Housing and Finance
- You can read articles written by real people who are experiencing challenges
- You can write your own content for the Qwell magazine - they publish many different types of contributions, such as personal experiences, poems and advice for others
- You can create your own Mental Health goals and keep your own Mental Health journal
- There are also helpful links from a wide range of organisations, including everything from online safety to eating disorders
- There are also links to access urgent support from a crisis service such as The Samaritans or NHS Choices