Working within Schools

KEY has been providing one-to-one support; lunch time drop-ins and alternative curriculum workshops.

Alternative Curriculum Projects

Emotional Wellbeing

As a request from Dallam School, KEY created a 12-week programme around Emotional
Wellbeing with the aim to; enable the young people to take control of their own emotional
wellbeing and personal development. This was achieved by providing with them with greater understanding in each of the subject areas; enabling them to develop tools to support them in increasing their self-esteem and building resilience alongside accessing further support where needed.

Within the programme the young people explored the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to Self-esteem, exploration of where they are on the scale and how this
    relates to our everyday interactions and achievements
  • Identity and Celebrating Difference
  • Image and What is Beauty?:
    Exploring a young person’s perception of their own potential and analysing the media perception of beauty versus reality. Exploring the true meaning of beauty; that it isn’t led by others but by themselves
  • Emotional wellbeing involves:
    – Good mental health – exploring happiness levels, balanced lifestyle etc.
    – Managing stress and tensions – understanding the effects of stress on our emotional well-being, managing conflict
    – Understanding and managing feelings
    – Managing self-care and emotional resilience

The workshops start at where the young people are emotionally which is assessed on an introductory session and using informal learning such as; games, media, discussions etc.. Using our well-designed work booklet etc. we engage the young people on a journey exploring these subject areas and making it link to their own lives.

Our first 12 week programme progressed positively for the young people who took part, taking onboard their wants at the beginning of the programme with the aim of providing the essential introductory information to support them to put their learning into
action their learning in their own lives.

Activities included team challenges to promote problem solving, effective communications, basic introduction to theories such as Transitional Analysis and Drama Triangle to support greater understanding of managing conflict, Self-care boxes, recognising we need to practice self-care to top up our own wellbeing and much more. These were all done through the use of interactive games, discussions, visual aids and reflection time.

Within the young peoples evaluations of the programme they
discussed their learning outcomes which I would like to share with
you below.

They decided these were:

  • Be more accepting of ourselves and others
  • This is me – self love – to love ourselves,
  • Learnt about our strengths as a person
  • Problem solving
  • 5 ways to wellbeing
  • Our own self-care
  • Different feelings and emotions are ok
  • Resilience, courage
  • What you think and do effect the way you feel

What they felt could have been better:

• Make things in the sessions
• Do more outside
• Do it in a lesion we don’t like
• Learn more about depression

Statements from the young people regarding what they have gained from this

“How to be happier, more confident and resilient”
“I will change how I deal with different situations”
“I learnt to accept myself”
What will I use/change for myself after the project:
“Continue with self care box to help me when I’m sad”
“After the project I will use what I learned about: think—do—feel”
“Be more confident”

We would like to leave you with a comment left on our worker’s affirmation booklet:
“You have helped me so much and I can’t thank you enough. You are Kind