Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

The West End Schools' Trust (WEST) is a Foundation Trust of 7 Primary Schools located in the inner west of the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Following consultation we are shortly to become a Trust of 8 Primary Schools. This will mean we will soon be responsible for the education of almost 3,000 children.

The Objectives of WEST are to advance, for the public benefit, education, health, welfare and training for all our children, their parents, school employees and local communities.

Our vision is to enable every learner to achieve the best they can.

A large majority of our children live in an area of substantial social and economic deprivation (within 3% most deprived households in England). Research shows that children living in the most socio-economically deprived areas of the city are more likely to suffer from ill health, behavioural/mental health problems, be the victim of and/or commit crime. (Newcastle Children and Young People's Plan 2015-2010).

The issues we are aware our children face include:
Emotional wellbeing
Poor Housing/Living conditions
Crime and substance misuse
Poor Health
Death of parents/carers at a young age
Unsuitable behaviour in the Home

It is difficult to imagine what these children have to deal with on a daily basis and how they can be expected to function 'normally' and learn at school. Further, how other children in a class feel seeing their friends experience difficulties. We believe health and wellbeing is of upmost importance to all pupils, families and staff .

We are seeking to raise funds to maximise opportunities to support health and wellbeing. The funds we seek are to support children throughout our year groups and across our 8 schools. Funds will be used in the following ways:

1. To purchase an Invention Shed to promote outdoor learning.
This shed with accompanying materials and learning package will create an opportunity to learn and search for answers together whilst building relationships. We believe children can reach their full potential, be strong and capable by being driven by natural curiosity and real experiences. By provoking an interest in outdoor learning we can provide such opportunities. We anticipate this enriching project based around the environment incorporating art, science and technology will broaden aspirations, enable the skills of resilience, boost self esteem and improve creativity and curiosity.
2. Counselling
We believe early intervention is the key to supporting resilience. We want to support family intervention strengthening parent-child attachment through working with families supporting families, helping families to learn more about child development and help support families through difficulties. We want to support early intervention starting with our youngest children to reduce the chances of difficulties manisfesting themselves and lasting long term. Using puppetry workshops children will explore emotions and progress if necessary to specialist nurture practitioner sessions with parents and teachers formulating agreed plans to support each child within their family.
3. Health and Wellbeing Day
We want every child to leave primary school feeling ready and prepared for moving on to secondary school. We would like to run a Health and Wellbeing day for all our school leavers (approximately 340) comprising of presentations and workshops providing information and tools to support good health and wellbeing.

West End Schools' Trust

Our primary schools support each other, share information and work towards the same vision to enable every learner to achieve the best they can. The Trust has been established since January 2015 and is growing from strength to strength with more Trust wide initiatives and long term projects.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne