Post Lockdown 2020 and at the start of the academic year 2020 we implemented a recovery curriculum. This was based on the research of Dr Barry Carpenter who has written extensively on supporting pupils with complex learning needs and disabilities. The recovery curriculum acknowledges that there have been big losses to children as they have stayed at home and that these losses can contribute to pupil’s mental health with anxiety, trauma and bereavement playing a large role. It is significant that each of these three aspects will have impacted on children at once and in a sudden/ unplanned fashion leaving pupils vulnerable. They will also have been exposed to adults who are anxious and may not be acting in their normal way or maintaining the normal routines which they are used to.
It is acknowledged that children will have experienced loss in 5 key areas: routine, structure, friendship, opportunity and freedom. The recovery curriculum suggests 5 Levers of provision that will support children to overcome these: Relationships, Community, Transparent curriculum, metacognition and space.
These themes sit closely alongside our areas of the therapeutic learning plan which currently support pupils who have or are currently experiencing trauma.
These areas are:
- relationships with teachers and peers;
- the ability to self-regulate behaviours, emotions, and attention;
- success in academic and non-academic areas;
- Physical and emotional health and well-being.
We also know from research that children and adults have good mental health when they:
- enjoy life
- are able to cope with and ‘bounce back’ from stress and sadness
- are able to set and fulfil goals
- have the capability to build and maintain relationships with others.
Moving forward learning for all children will use this recovery curriculum approach. Our learning and provision was split into key areas with our focus on these areas when we considered teaching, planning and provision. These were reflected in our on – site learning and home learning with remote learning and social media themes reflecting our recovery curriculum themes. Our whole school topic in Summer 2020 had the theme “My wellbeing”.