Getting it right, right from the start
Children who learn in an environment where mental wellbeing is truly embedded into their school life are better equipped to thrive academically, socially and individually.
EQPrep at The Study is our early intervention, preventative approach for pupils, parents and staff. EQ stands for emotional intelligence and the programme is run by Jules Oakshett, our dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant. Jules is an HCPC Registered Arts Therapist, Systemic Practitioner, Parent Coach and School Counsellor.
We believe that problems, however big or small, are best addressed when they first arise and that social and emotional learning scaffolds a child’s academic success.
“The fact that there is someone like Jules we can access as parents, and the girls can access too, is a huge benefit.”Year 1 parent
“The EQPrep session was genuinely above and beyond what we have seen at other schools.”Reception parent
“50% of all mental health problems have started by the age of 14.”Mental Health Foundation
EQPrep at The Study
We take the mental health of our girls very seriously. Our aim is to teach pupils to recognise, understand and regulate their emotions, so they learn to assess their own wellbeing and recognise when they need help. The EQPrep programme includes:
|EQChat||Short, solutions focused drop-in chat sessions available for girls in Years 4-6|
|PHSE||In-class Mental Health curriculum delivered termly to all girls, where they are taught ways to articulate, express and regulate their feelings|
|Peer Mentor Training||Training for Year 6 pupils to become playground mentors
Girls develop the three Cs – critical thinking, conflict resolution and collaboration skills
|EQParent||Consultations offering advice and guidance for parents who have concerns about their child’s mental health, or simply want some guidance|
|Talks||Bespoke talks for parents on a wide range of mental health topics|
|EQ Coffee Mornings||Year group coffee mornings for small groups of parents to meet and talk about a particular wellbeing topic|
|EQStaff||Supervision sessions for personal or professional development|
|INSET||Termly staff mental health training|
“Jules’ dramatherapy training was very helpful as my daughter was expressing her sadness through art and creative writing. Jules was able to approach these from another angle, which my husband and I did not have the skills to do.”Year 3 parent
“Peer mentoring is great fun! Sometimes it’s easier to talk to another pupil than a teacher when something’s bothering you.”Year 6 pupil
“It's so comforting to know that there is such good mental health care both for the girls and teachers at The Study.”Parent
Why teach children social and emotional learning (SEL)?
We can’t prevent our children from experiencing difficult feelings, nor can we protect them from emotional harm. Children who have developed good emotional intelligence and have the ability to recognise, label and express their emotions go on to be successful academically and socially.
Teaching our girls EQ gives them the tools they need to weather life’s inevitable storms and cope during times of stress and can:
- Improve a child’s attitude to themselves
- Improve a child’s attitude to school
- Improve social behaviour
- Improve academic outcomes
- Improve emotional distress.