Statement of Mental Health and Pastoral Intent
We are ambitious for every child, no matter what their background, prior attainment or needs. We are very proud of our community and believe we engender a culture that genuinely cherishes individuality, aims to instil creativity and independence and celebrates open-minded thinking. Underpinned by our values, aspiration, ambition, courage, resilience, respect and honesty, which we encourage all students to embody, we are student focused. We believe that there are no limits for outstanding learning and outstanding achievement. We have high expectations of our students and staff and hold high aspirations for and demonstrate complete belief in, all our students. We are committed to a broad and balanced curriculum and are dedicated to providing a wide range of opportunities that allow students to excel at what they are good at and enjoy as well as developing new talents, supported by excellent pastoral care. We want students to gain transferrable life skills and they will know that they can positively shape their lives through choice not chance.
- We want all students to be believe in, and be confident about, their own abilities and demonstrate our values of ambition and aspiration, courage and resilience, honesty and respect.
- We want them to be determined and enthusiastic for their own success and take pride in themselves and their achievements. They will understand that they do not have to be a product of their genes or experiences, but that they can choose what and who to become; choice not chance.
- We want students to be independent learners who are intrinsically motivated, creative, curious and who are able to problem solve.
- We want them to be fluent communicators, with good skills and knowledge enabling them to think critically.
- We will facilitate opportunities to increase students’ cultural capital through our knowledge-rich curriculum and co-curricular opportunities.
- We will enable students to experience a range of enrichment opportunities and activities that contributes to their character development. They will develop knowledge of how to form healthy, respectful relationships enabling them to become culturally aware individuals who embrace differences and celebrate diversity.
- Our aim is that KEVI students are accepting of others’ differences and become responsible members of our 21st century society. In summary we want them to aspire both academically and personally to be the best version of themselves.
Our working definition of mental health at KEVI:
Mental Health is our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It impacts how we deal with the opportunities and everyday challenges of everyday life, how we interact with others and the choices we make.
At KEVI we believe positive mental health means being in a place where anxiety or negative thoughts are not impacting your ability to function effectively and being able to think, feel and act in ways that brings positive experiences into your life.
What Inclusion and Effective Mental Health Interventions Means To Us
- The child stays at the centre of every conversation.
- We prioritise those who need our help most, but we intervene with all.
- Attendance matters. When young people are here, we can support and educate them.
- Young people learn best when there are clear rules and simple consequences.
- Staff teach best when there are clear rules and simple consequences.
- Students respond well to routines, clear expectations and being informed about change.
- We use evidence-based practice for our interventions.
Expectations of Each Other
- Notes are kept up to date on safeguard, and on the SEN passports.
- Tutors work closely with the students in their tutor group in relation to attendance, aspirations and pastoral care.
- Staff have read and understood section one of Keeping Young people Safe in Education.
- Staff are committed to our disruption free learning and using WMR, our behaviour policy, consistently.
- Staff respond to requests for information in relation to students whose learning is vulnerable.
- Speak to students, staff and each other with courtesy, respect and understanding.
Pastoral Care/Mental Health