“Enhancing young people’s mental health and wellbeing is fundamental
to their overall development and supports the achievement of positive life outcomes
including educational attainment, employment and health.”
Durlak et al., 2011; Guerra & Bradshaw, 2008; OECD, 2015
Switch Midlands is committed to supporting ‘at-risk’ young people in schools. To achieve this we believe that cost-effective, targeted early interventions are vital and we have several options available to referring organisations.
We offer outreach into school via our qualified Switch Coaches,who will visit schools to work directly with individual pupils or small groups. We use a coaching model, rather than mentoring, as we believe this is more effective in unlocking pupil potential. It helps pupils to develop improved behavioural, wellbeing and problem-solving techniques for themselves, prompting reflection on the factors negatively impacting them and selecting appropriate strategies for long-term change.
Our programmes aim to positively impact on 5 key social and emotional learning (SEL) areas: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making.
Our support delivers a structured intervention that uses the recognised SAFE principles at the core. This means our Switch Coaches provide pupils with a Sequenced set of activities that use Active forms of learning through Focused time to develop skills and Explicit targeting setting to monitor progress.
The beauty of our approach is that it does not just stop once a programme of work is completed with a pupil, or group of pupils. It is designed to reward and develop them even further by giving an opportunity to become champions for behaviour, personal development, and wellbeing.
Following the initial support from a Switch Coach, we can continue to build on the momentum by providing our Switch Squad peer-mentoring programme. This hugely positive approach enables your school to develop some of its most vulnerable pupils into leaders and ambassadors.