Living through a worldwide pandemic has been a challenging experience for everyone, young and old in different ways. For children and young people, their lives have been disrupted during some of the most important times in their lives. Their access to education changed, not seeing friends, family and living day to day with uncertainty. As in all situations, young people have had varied experiences, but everyone has had to adapt to a ‘new normal’.
Schools have now reopened to all students, but not as we are familiar with them. There are different expectations, routines, things to consider. Young people are having to adapt to another ‘new normal’ which can cause anxiety and a wide range of other emotions.
We recognise at Harbour Vale that many young people will find it challenging to adapt to attending school again following a long period of isolation. Also we need to consider that we are still in the middle of the pandemic. There is much uncertainty in many areas of life and the threat of changes to daily routines are continuous.
We have been working hard on preparing a ‘recovery curriculum’ to ensure that we are supporting our students’ mental health and well being in addition to their academic progress specifically in relation to the ongoing pandemic.
Through our recovery curriculum, we aim to
Our curriculum is based on the Barry Carpenter CBE model to address the 5 ‘levers’ towards recovery, which are Relationships, Community, Transparent Curriculum, Metacognition and Space. We will be delivering the recovery curriculum during our reflection lessons in addition to the strategies and support being woven throughout lessons during the school day.
We are a community at Harbour Vale School and we are committed to ensuring the very best outcomes for our students, academically, socially and emotionally.
If you would like more information, please contact the school office.