HeadStart Curriculum development day - developing a whole-school approach to emotional well-being

Yesterday, HeadStart teams worked together for the day to continue development of a whole school curriculum and approach to emotional well-being that will be rolled out to Wolverhampton schools from September 2017. The session was supported and delivered by:

  • The HeadStart Schools Team
  • The HeadStart YPEC and Community teams
  • Dave Hill and Ed Hollamby from SUMO (Stop, Understand, Move On)
  • Educational consultants Carol Davies and Jo Kinder
  • Members of staff from Stafford Manor High School, led by Headteacher, Jude Slack

The session was kindly hosted in the new multi-agency centre (MACS Place) and conference facility at Stafford Manor, which the school has refurbished to support local young people and families.

An inspirational day, reconnecting us all with what is important in our schools.
— Jude Slack, Headteacher, Stafford Manor High School

The group refined ideas for curriculum mapping and agreed a framework for the delivery of a new well-being curriculum, incorporating multiple themes including SUMO. The philosophies of the new curriculum and approach are informed by extensive consultation with Wolverhampton schools over the last few months.

An afternoon of collaboration, creativity, and content-focussed lesson planning made significant progress in developing the Autumn Term PSHE curriculum for Year 7.

SUMO animations created alongside The University of Wolverhampton, will be integrated into the curriculum.

By the end of the day, the team had also agreed frameworks which individual schools will tailor to their values and priorities in the forthcoming 'Getting A HeadStart In Schools' curriculum afternoon on 18th May. HeadStart schools have been invited to book places for this event - check your email inboxes for invitations, or contact a member of the HeadStart Schools' team.