We are: The Kingsway Access Social Emotional Learning Centre.
We are a team of five highly skilled support staff.
Margaret Barbour is KASEL Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Emma Barnes is Deputy Safeguarding Lead. Mental Health Lead
Sharon Pearson is the School Family Link worker. Lead on Early Help Assessments and family Intervention work. Parent link coordinator. LAC lead.
The staff named above are based in the Early Help and Safeguarding area on the first floor.
Kay England. Mentor. Lead on Social Development and Early intervention support work.
Christine Ayres. Mentor. Lead on Emotional Development. Crises support. Agency link.
The Kasel team are supported and managed by Assistant Head Teacher – Lead on Inclusion and Senior Safeguarding Lead.
We occupy a large area on the ground floor of the school within the Aspire Centre. We have a substantial group work facility in the main body of the unit. We have computer facilities for student use in this main area and an interactive whiteboard. There are also 5 one to one rooms within this facility. We have a life skills room which contains a fitted kitchen, including a dining area and soft seating area. We also have a therapeutic (THINC ROOM) support room and a small office which is also used for one to one work with vulnerable students when necessary. Our facility is more than adequate to house several students with differing needs at any one time. The Safeguarding team are based on the first floor. We maintain strong links with Children’s Social Care and Early Help teams within the authority to ensure robust safeguarding measures are consistently maintained. We have introduced a Mental Health Lead this year to create and develop our response to this increasing need. We have access to a psychologist and an external Counsellor to complement our team.
We offer support to all year groups either on a one to one basis or in a group work setting. Year 11 students are offered support in relation to preparation and stress management prior to exams. Lower school students in Year 7 are offered specific group work sessions to promote relationship building and confidence. Year 7 and Year 8 students are also offered resilience-based group work. Year 8 and Year 9 students are offered group work sessions with a particular focus such as self-management skills, organisation skills and social development. We offer a consequential thinking programme called ‘Think first’ which encourages students to consider the consequences to their actions especially if it involves others. Considering escalating needs we have introduced numerous programmes to address incidents relating to missing from home and domestic abuse issues. This has brought successful outcomes for our students. We are currently running programmes on keeping safe which includes online safety. Wellbeing Dominoes is a programme that underpins mental health, supporting mindfulness, wellbeing and development of social and emotional awareness.
Over several years, we have delivered the Real Love Rocks programme to students in Year 8 – Year 10. The programme was created by Barnardo’s and this material is designed to educate and highlight the risks relating to sexual exploitation and understanding healthy relationships. We have obtained the Real Love Rocks programme for primary level students which allows us to be inclusive in raising awareness and support our most vulnerable students with complex needs.
Any child irrespective of age is offered academic support if needed. In addition to our planned work we also offer a needs led service for students suffering emotional distress. We encourage agencies to engage with our students and welcome the opportunity to offer a multi agency approach to enhance the level of support that any student may require. We offer after school club facilities to any student in need of academic, social or emotional support
The KASEL team access all training opportunities to ensure a high skill set is maintained and encourage extensive network links with other providers in order to share good practice. Support for parents is offered by the School Family Link Worker in the form of home visits and/or evening parenting courses. The courses offered by our family worker are extensive and cover a wide reaching area of family needs. The School Family Link worker will also support students in school to create a holistic approach for the whole family. The School Family Link worker leads on the Early Help provision introduced by the authority. Our Family worker also leads on supporting our Looked After Children in school.
We believe that every young person deserves to be given the opportunity to reach their full potential and we aim to provide those opportunities in the KASEL centre. Our objective is to explore new initiatives to continually improve and enhance our provision. The KASEL team are committed to maintaining personal and professional development to the highest level so that we can meet our objective. We share the philosophy that some young people find the daily routine and demands of school life difficult, sometimes challenging. If by providing appropriate support we can assist a young person to be successful in accessing their own learning and development then we have achieved our team goal.