What is involved in delivering this programme from a teachers point of view?
The programme is designed to equip class teachers with the tools to deliver a suite of lessons, which include in-depth lesson plans with strong curricular links and learning outcomes, as well as videos and practical wellbeing tools, all of which are wrapped around a comprehensive teachers guide along with access to psychological supports.
What is the structure of the programme?
The programme consists of series of six lessons with a built in mindfulness programme designed to be delivered over the course of a school term by class teachers. Each lesson includes a mindfulness exercise, a video, individual and class activities as well as a try it at home link. Each lesson also includes a number of optional extension activities, should you wish to extend the programme learning into other subjects.
Does the programme address Covid-19?
The programme has been tailored to support pupils returning to school in the context of Coivd-19 and is designed to build resilience and emotional wellbeing for 5th and 6th class pupils.
Does the programme link into the school curriculum?
The programme is designed to complement the SPHE curriculum, it also offers integration opportunities across other curriculum areas such as visual arts, maths, drama and primary language curriculum.
As a teacher, how do I sign my school up for this programme?
Firstly we you will need to register your class / school for the programme at the bottom of the homepage. We will be in touch before our next intake to finalise your participation ahead of sending you your log in details.
What is the school / class requirement in order to sign up to the programme?
You will need to have a minimum technology requirement in your classroom in order to deliver the programme. This includes access to a screen, audio speakers and access to the internet to access the content.
Is the programme only available to 5th and 6th class students?
Currently the programme is designed for 5th & 6th class students, it is our ambition to broaden this reach to other age groups, however, for now it is only tailored for that age group.
Is this programme available in other languages?
Currently the programme is only available in English, it is our ambition to broaden this reach to encompass other languages however, for now it is only available in English.
Is the programme content available to download to others who are not teachers?
No, the programme is designed to be delivered in a classroom context by teachers only.
As a teacher, do I need to have a background in mental health education to deliver this programme?
No, you do not need to have a background in mental health education to deliver this programme. This programme focuses on well-being and resilience. While all teachers have a responsibility to meet the educational needs of children, schools will have different ways of supporting children.
What training is involved for teachers to deliver this programme?
Once you are signed up and have receive your log in details, you will have access the teacher training resources including an e-guide as well as a training video which outlines the programmes content, as well as the key elements to the programme.
As a parent / carer, how do I get my child’s school involved in the programme?
If you would like your child to take part in this programme, please contact the school principal or teacher; they can register their interest in the programme and we will be in touch with them directly.
As a parent / carer what can I do with my child at home to support them whilst they are taking part in this programme at school?
We encourage parents / carers to engage with the ‘Try it at home’ series of the programme. The aim of the Try it at Home series is to encourage parents / carers to support their children as they undertake the programme. This series includes a number of activities and exercises to engage with at home in order to reinforce the class learning as well as to encourage an open the conversation around wellbeing at home. Please visit our Parents page to keep up to date with the weekly Try it at Home activities.
My child / the child in my care is seeing a therapist outside of school, will taking part in this programme confuse them or affect them negatively?
The programme should not have any negative affect on your child / the child in your care. The programme is a proactive wellbeing and resilience programme that is not designed to open up or elucidate negative emotions in children.
Are there any risks to children who are participating?
The programme is a proactive wellbeing and resilience programme that is not designed to open up or elucidate negative emotions in children. In circumstances where a child may become distressed, we encourage teachers to rely on their existing skillset, to provide appropriate reassurance to the child and to follow the school protocol in ensuring the involvement of parents / guardians in supporting the child.