The Family Learning Team is managed by Kerry Nichols, also the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school. The team consists of four experienced and knowledgeable staff who are accessible to all learners to approach in confidence.
Honywood School recognises that learners may face a range of barriers to learning to achieve their educational and developmental potential and aims to provide a range of strategies and specialised support at the individual, group and multi agency level.
We aim to support our learner’s social, emotional and mental wellbeing, providing an atmosphere in which concerns and difficulties can be discussed in a confidential and supportive way. We provide learners with an opportunity to talk about emotions and feelings, support the development of self-help strategies and mental resilience in order to be able to manage future difficult situations.
Honywood School works in partnership with external statutory and non-statutory agencies to identify specialist support and intervention for learners where appropriate. Services may include Health and Children’s Social Care, EWMHS (Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service), Kids Inspire and the Police.
The Family Learning team are proactive in offering support for learners and families throughout their time at Honywood, in order to promote a positive and enriching learning experience. These include:
Ministry of Parenting Understanding our Teens – A course designed for parents and carers to help manage and understand the issues that their teenager may well face on a daily basis. How as parents can you create a better partnership to help reduce the stress during this turbulent time? Discussion and workshops in a group environment where you can support each other facing similar challenges.
Ministry of Parent FLASH – A support program for families and parents of young people who self harm.
Overcoming Anxiety – A program aimed at learners whose anxiety is having an impact on their life and learning. This program is endorsed by EWMHS and is delivered by trained staff, to provide an understanding of how anxiety can take hold and offers strategies to help manage it.
Pet Therapy – Ruby is a Registered Therapy dog who works with learners who might find the stresses of school life overwhelming. In a calm and nurturing environment, Ruby can help to relieve these stresses and create a positive mindset around school. FLT also have a therapy rabbit (Waffle) and guinea pig (Lupin) who live in the garden area and are cared for by our learners.
Gardening Club – Using the power of nature, the outdoors and physical work, learners are engaged in the care and upkeep of the courtyard Garden. This creates an opportunity for learners to face new challenges in order to build self confidence and a sense of pride.
Transition Week – For new Cohort 7 learners to familiarise themselves with the school and build new and transferable skills ahead of beginning the school year. This event is supported by learners in other Cohorts who wish to offer their help and support for younger learners.
Activities Week – A wide range of fun and engaging activities to allow learners to work on and further their skills in communication, collaboration and relationship building in a fun relaxed manner.
An Understanding of First Aid: Learners have the opportunity to understand the importance of first aid and explore some of the techniques required in order to assist in the case of a medical emergency.
The Family Learning supports My Learning HUB by facilitating the following interventions:
Our World Our Community
Learners are supported to go out into the community, in order to build resilience and independence about travelling by public transport and shopping. Build confidence about talking to strangers, asking questions to find information.
Looks Good, Smell Good, Feel Good
The intervention is aimed at supporting HUB learners, by developing independence skills, focusing on self-confidence, personal hygiene and social etiquette.
To support our learners to develop an awareness of emotions in themselves and others, and the skills to manage these emotions .
Philosophy for children
To encourage learners to share opinions and thoughts and to appreciate that others might have different ideas to their own, develop critical thinking and constructing an argument.
To learn about appropriate safe behaviour outside of school. Introduction to physical activity that can be done in their own time. Allowing the opportunity to work together and cement, form and build relationships. Developing skills to follow directions and look carefully for items.
External non-statutory partners:
School Nurse: Learners are able to self refer to the nurse who attends school weekly offering confidential consultations.
Wilderness Foundation: Based between Braintree and Chelmsford the Wilderness Foundation was one of the seven charities supported by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their marriage in 2018. They support vulnerable young people and adults in personal growth, improved mental wellbeing, resilience, and employability. The school make referrals when it is felt appropriate, and in consultation with parents and carers.
Young Carers: Supporting our learners who have been identified as caring for ill /disabled parents, carers or siblings.
Kids Inspire: Kids Inspire supports children and young people recovering from traumatic experiences or dealing with emerging mental health difficulties in Essex.
The Family Learning Team can be contacted during term time and during the school holidays via [email protected] or telephone 01376 561231
Kerry Nichols – FLT Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead can be contacted by email [email protected] or on 01376 564 719 (Direct Line).
FLT is able to offer/access support in relation to:
- Anxiety, around exams, social situations etc
- Behavioural and emotional challenges
- Bereavement and loss
- Internet and online safety
- Mindfulness and mental resilience
- Developing effective self-help strategies
- Self-esteem and body confidence
- Emergent addictions
Looked After Children and Young Carers
David Briggs is the Lead Teacher for Looked After Children and Young Carers, supported by Scott Caygill, Assistant Head Teacher.
A Young Carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.
A Young Carer may have the following responsibilities within their family:
· Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
· Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
· Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
· Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
· Managing medication
· Looking after younger siblings
· Helping someone communicate
The impact of being a young carer
You have responsibilities at home that prevent you from spending time with your friends, or inviting them around your house.
You feel sad, angry, guilty or embarrassed about the help you give to anyone at home.
You feel upset that friends don’t have the same responsibilities.
You avoid telling anyone outside the family about your home situation.
More information can also be found at https://youth.essex.gov.uk/young-people/young-carers/
A Young Carers meeting is facilitated by David Briggs on:
FLT Meeting Room Day & Time: Thursday LS4, Week A ( Cohort 7, 8 and 9) Thursday LS4, Week B (Cohort 10 and 11)
For more information please contact [email protected]
Day & Time
Cohort 7, 8 and 9
Thursday LS4, Week A
FLT Meeting Room
Cohort 10 and 11
Thursday LS4, Week B
FLT Meeting Room
Independent Study Club is in FS20 every Monday to Wednesday from 3.20-4.20