Multi Disciplinary Support

School Nurse

Each site has a registered nurse 5 days per week, 9am-3.30pm. Nurses are responsible for the health and well-being of pupils during the school day.

The school nurses undertake a range of activities aimed at improving and maintaining the health of pupils, to support them to attend school. This helps to maximise opportunities for our pupils, enabling each child and young person to reach their full potential.

School Nurses undertake assessments and develop care plans for all our pupils with health needs including enteral feeding, epilepsy, anaphylaxis, asthma and many more. All our care plans are dependent on individual needs.

The nurses train our teaching staff to support pupils who require clinical intervention during the school day. This is to ensure all needs are met and staff are confident and competent to support our more complex pupils.

Our Nurses also provide advice and support as well as refer and signpost to external agencies/professionals to ensure a holistic approach to meeting pupils’ needs is undertaken. They facilitate professionals such as paediatricians and dietetic clinics in school,. This supports pupils who have difficulties attending medical appointments at hospitals. They work closely with a wide range of health and social care professionals to get the best outcomes for our pupils.

 

Play & Creative Therapy

At Evergreen School we make the health and well-being of our students a top priority.

Play/Creative Therapy provides our children and young people with the opportunity to play out their feelings and problems in a safe space with a qualified, trusted adult. Play and creativity are essential for healthy development and well-being. Offering this therapy on site in school allows us to maximise the potential of every student.

At Evergreen School we have a qualified play & creative therapist and a trainee therapeutic play practitioner who are able to deliver 1:1 sessions for pupils who may require additional support for a variety of reasons – to aid development, build confidence or for emotional support.

 

Therapeutic Music

Similar to play but using music, pupils do not need to be budding musicians to access this therapy.  Music therapy is the use of music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of an individual. It employs a variety of activities, such as listening to melodies, playing an instrument, drumming, writing songs, and guided imagery. Music therapy can help students express their emotions and creativity, develop communication and interaction skills and learn reciprocal skills, providing a safe space to express themselves.

At Evergreen School we work with Warwickshire Music and currently have one qualified music therapist, as well as one student therapist, working together across both sites.

 

Habilitation

Is delivered by Qualified Habilitation Specialists from Guide Dogs to support children and young people with a visual impairment to learn about and explore the world. We will provide support to help develop practical skills according to a pupil’s developmental age and individual goals. Habilitation involves the teaching of mobility, orientation and independent living skills from supporting physical development in the early years, to navigating streets safely, preparing food, handling money, using technology and managing their appearance as a young person gets older.  We assess each child or young person individually, focusing on developing the following 6 areas; 

  • Vision:-  Assess what vision is available.  How vision can be stimulated and used to enrich a child/young person’s life.
  • Orientation: – How a young person moves and understands their environment, including the use of a cane, sighted guide and pre-cane skills to navigate the environment.
  • Body image: – Developing an understanding of body parts, body movement and the relationships between body parts. Fine and gross motor skills.
  • Directional and positional concepts: – Modelling a child/young person’s understanding of their body position within the environment and their body movement in relation to external factors.
  • Use of senses: – Developing their understanding of touch, smell, taste and hearing.
  • Independent, social and self-help skills: – Developing  daily living skills/self-care, social etiquette, and if appropriate requesting help.

 

Coaching with Emma Smith

Coaching is a partnership between coach and client. As a coach, I help people to identify and achieve their personal best, to get the results they want in their own lives. Coaching focuses on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past.

Through getting to know the client, using open questions to explore how they are, what is important to them and the goals, aims they want to achieve, coaching enables people to explore what is important to them and identify steps to work towards meeting their goals.

Coaching is around unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.

I am experienced in coaching and mentoring young people and adults with a disability as they explore new opportunities; in education, training, employment moving on to live more independently.

I believe that everyone has a voice, through good communication, listening to understand and sharing back what has been said, enables people to discuss options and opportunities which are important to them and what they want to explore.

 

Lifespace

Lifespace provide one to one mentoring for children and young people to reduce distress, build resilience and enable them to achieve more. We create a safe time and confidential space for children and young people to explore the challenges they face, and what they want in life.

 

Pets as Therapy

We currently have two PAT dogs- Bertie & Romee, who work individually with pupils who are experiencing difficult times, emotional regulation difficulties or life challenges. The PAT dogs visit weekly with their handlers and provide a calming influence to pupils across the school.

 

Mental Health in Schools Team

The Mental Health in Schools Team is a service that has been introduced as part of the national Trailblazer Project for children, young people and their families within the education setting. Working across Coventry and Warwickshire, they are here to provide low-intensity mental health interventions and support. The team consists of qualified and trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), Specialist Mental Health Practitioners, a Team Leader and a Service Manager. Between them, they have a wealth of experience of supporting children and young people with their mental health.

The MHST work with schools to help deliver a ‘whole school approach’ to support positive emotional well-being and mental health. They can also work with children and young people in groups or on a one-to-one basis.

They can help you find ways to take care of your own mental well-being using a variety of evidence-based approaches, including low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Pupils can be referred by their class team and then an assessment will be carried out with the young person. They may then be allocated a block of sessions with an EMHP to work on areas such as anxiety, worry management, low mood and panic. The aim of these interventions is to teach pupils useful strategies which they can implement themselves following the sessions.