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  • The Virtual School commissioned Achieving Wellbeing CLA programme in 6 settings 2018/19
  • 21 children looked after by Northumberland County Council benefited directly from the programme
  • 40% of the children had an improvement in SDQ scores across the year
  • All  of the Designated Teachers we worked with felt that as a result of the programme, staff are more aware of the distinction between emotional wellbeing and mental health, the link to academic achievement and what they can do, individually and collectively,  to transform the culture and climate of their setting
  • All Designated Teachers had a more detailed understanding of their statutory role and better understood the role of the virtual school
  • They agreed that the majority of children in the target cohort had developed particularly within the areas of engagement in learning, emotional regulation and friendships
  • VSH has commissioned 4 of the 6 schools for a second year of the programme and 4 additional settings on the Emotion Coaching Programme - impact report expected September 2020


"Staff are much more aware of the causes of children's behaviours, and so can use much more appropriate strategies. As designated teacher, I have been very well supported by the Virtual School and Achievement for All.  The programme has prompted us to better understand the wellbeing needs of not just the looked after children, but all children! We have been very fortunate to have very supportive foster carers, but we can now have much more informed conversations.”   Anne Robertson, Headteacher, Tweedmouth First School

“Working with Achievement for All has enabled St Mary's to develop and implement an enhanced structure, working across the whole school community from TA's to governors, enabling myself as a head teacher to build on previous work to develop opportunities for emotional well-being with a justification that is evidence based, but recognises the importance and uniqueness of place. The impact of such an approach is already visible in outcomes for children (high attendance, progress, attainment but most importantly increasingly smiling and keen to engage in supportive but challenging relationships). It is also seen throughout the school through staff moral and practice, as the work with Achievement for All has opened new channels of communication to both support practice and staff mental well-being." Gary Hilton, Headteacher Berwick St Mary's School

The Achieving Wellbeing CLA programme has very much prompted us to better understand the wellbeing and other needs of looked after children. As a staff we are now all much more confident in supporting children who are struggling outside of school and are proactive in gaining support to help the child/ family at the earliest opportunity. The programme for us has been very successful.” Debi Wing, SENCO, Stead Lane Primary School

“The programme was of a high quality and I can see how it would be incredibly useful in supporting and developing the understanding in many provisions."  Lee Waugh, Deputy Head Teacher, The Grove School

"Through this programme we are drilling down into the barriers for learning that our most vulnerable students have and developing strategies for how we can best support them both in and out of the classroom. By providing a more detailed overview on students through our pupil passports we aim to provide colleagues with information that will enable route one learning to take place in the classroom.  We are also developing our strategies to better engage carers, working together to fully understand individually thereby reducing barriers and changing behaviours enabling the individual to grow and reach their potential. The Achievement for All Programme is providing opportunities for us to challenge our thinking and structures and make a difference for these students." Diane Murphy, Assistant Head Teacher, The Duchess’s Community High School