In Emotional Literacy we are determined to equip every young person who joins our school with the skills necessary to allow them to access their academic next steps.
We do this by Building and consolidating emotional communication skills and social skills needed to access their future destinations
Emotional Literacy is timetabled & taught to all students. Emotional Literacy teaches young people how to recognise emotions in themselves & others. Our young people are then better able to understand the neuroscience of what is happening to them in different emotional states & try different strategies to handle their feelings. This in turn puts them in a better position to learn.
Each student completes an entry questionnaire at the beginning of their placement. This determines the focus for the student.
The following units are then taught according to the priority of needs and can be repeated to secure the intended learning.
EMOTIONAL REGULATION: What Emotional Literacy actually is, what emotions are & how to read feelings in ourselves and others.
Learning about facial expressions, body language & tone of voice. Pupils then go onto thinking about mixed emotions.Pupils then have a go at different ways to express emotions using music, films, art & exercise.
SOCIAL SKILLS: introduces students to active listening, changing negative outlooks & looking at positive & negative cycles of behaviours.
Pupils then look at RELATIONSHIPS with others & that with ourselves in the form of our SELF ESTEEM. Pupils think about how to ask for help where help can come from in our social circles.
MINDFULNESS & WELLBEING looks at what mindfulness is, the five ways to wellbeing, vision boards & journalling.
Understanding MENTAL HEALTH focuses on what mental health is, the Neuro-Science that explains fight, flight, freeze & the window of tolerance which links in to ANGER MANAGEMENT which some pupils feel they need. This unit looks at what anger is & how to deal with it in different ways.