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Mental health problems affect 1 in 6 children in the UK

In a time where mental health challenges are increasingly prevalent, early student support is paramount. A contented, mentally resilient child is better poised to reach their academic potential. We are dedicated to dismantling barriers to learning and aiding students in bolstering their confidence, self-esteem, and resilience. Our support extends to those grappling with challenging behaviour, emerging mental health issues, or difficulties in mainstream settings.

Our outreach service is readily available to schools and young people throughout Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton. For those encountering obstacles in accessing school (EBSA) or residing outside this area, our targeted mentoring and interventions are accessible through our online support services.

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Our school outreach support

Services available

Our in-school services provide support through 1:1 mentoring, engaging group workshops, and consulting services, fostering protective factors and resistance against emotional challenges.

Guided child-centred intervention

Conducting SDQ and GBO assessments at the start and end of each intervention, we objectively track progress. This evidence can be used in students IEP’s, pastoral support plans and at panel meetings.

Specialised support

We mentor students working closely with the pastoral/inclusion team or SENDCo to explore patterns in behaviour logs and review pastoral support plans. We also support students with neurological disorders.

Lasting Positive Change

We recommend that schools refer students to Bright Paths when emerging mental health concerns or other changes in behaviour are first identified. Not only does investing in early support drastically help young people and families, but it also prevents situations from escalating and requiring further costly clinical interventions.

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Common areas we help with:

  • Anxiety / low mood
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Emotional regulation/anger management
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Coping Skills
  • Friendship issues
  • Resilience /Self-esteem
  • SEN support
  • Social and communication skills
  • KS2 to KS3 transition
  • Staying safe and avoiding hazardous behaviour
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Types of services

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Our one-to-one interventions are meticulously tailored to the unique needs of each referred child, ensuring a highly personalised approach. Through thorough examination of referral information and pre-assessments, we collaboratively establish SMART targets with the student, guiding the intervention process effectively. This child-centred methodology enables us to not only meet the individual needs of each student but also address concerns from schools and parents, fostering enduring positive change.

  • SEMH Support: In our SEMH Support program, students find a safe haven to express themselves, be listened to, and develop coping strategies for their current challenges. Whether that involves managing anxiety, confronting negative thoughts, or navigating friendship issues, our program provides a nurturing environment for growth and development.
  • Challenging Behaviour Support: Our Challenging Behaviour Support program offers weekly mentoring alongside the expertise of behaviour consultants who provide classroom observations and on-demand assistance. They actively engage in TAFF and professional meetings, offering invaluable guidance on implementing strategies within student passports and pastoral support plans.

SEMH and Behavioural support options typically entail one school lesson per week over 6-12 weeks, ensuring consistent support and tangible progress towards brighter futures.

Our group workshops and interventions are meticulously crafted from thought-provoking and engaging activities tailored to cater to the diverse needs of the pupils in attendance. Through differentiation, we ensure that every student benefits from sessions, regardless of their individual challenges.

Working in small groups effectively delivers quality support to a larger number of students within a limited budget.

Our most sought-after group interventions encompass topics such as understanding and managing big feelings, with a key emphasis on emotional regulation or anxiety. Additionally, we offer workshops focused on building confidence and self-esteem, managing friendships, and fostering healthy relationships. Alternatively, you can schedule a consultation to discuss your group’s needs, allowing us to customise a bespoke package tailored to your requirements.

Stay connected with us through our news page and social media channels, as we regularly announce fully funded group projects. Don’t miss out on these opportunities for impactful interventions and meaningful support within your school community.

Our Partner School service provides schools with tailored, long-term support, offering the flexibility of a dedicated consultant available in school for 3+ hours per week at a discounted rate. With a dedicated behaviour consultant, we ensure availability for meetings and adaptability with session times and durations, ensuring our support aligns seamlessly with your school’s unique needs. This service is meticulously customised to meet specific school requirements and invoiced on a termly basis.

Moreover, partner schools can include a lunchtime wellbeing hub, providing students with convenient, on-demand access to support, thereby enriching their emotional well-being.

Integrating drop-in sessions into your school’s emotional well-being approach enables students to address minor, immediate concerns within a safe, controlled environment. This approach is particularly advantageous for students who may feel uneasy discussing issues with teaching staff.

Through our experience, we’ve observed that these sessions serve as a pivotal platform for safeguarding children who may otherwise be hesitant to seek help, ensuring they receive the support they need.

Our Staff and Parent training sessions are designed to educate and empower educators and caregivers, fostering a unified approach to supporting student welfare.

At Bright Paths, we understand the importance of addressing a wide range of themes to ensure a comprehensive understanding of student well-being. From identifying and supporting anxious students to understanding neurodiversity, including ASD/ADHD, our training workshops can cover essential topics to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective support.

Our training goes beyond theory, providing practical guidance on implementing strategies such as reasonable adjustments and creating Pastoral Support Plans (PSPs). We also delve into often overlooked areas, such as understanding how neurodiverse girls may present differently and why they may go undiagnosed and unsupported.

Join us on the journey to brighter paths for our students, where education and empowerment pave the way to a more supportive and inclusive learning environment. Let us know your needs, and we will create a training package tailored to your school.

What our services have accomplished so far

Bright Paths is frequently used when students do not meet the criteria for or engage well with alternative provisions such as a school counsellor, art therapist or internal staff. Our interventions are tailored to meet the exact requirements of each student, breaking down barriers to learning, and improving emotional literacy, wellbeing and self-esteem.

We often help when students are awaiting referrals for specialist services and need immediate short-term support, and we are experienced in helping students with neurological disorders such as ASD and ADHD.

Full Impact Statement

93%

found our support helpful or very helpful*

92.7%

felt support would make a difference in their lives*

77%

showed improvement across three or more subsets in pre/post-assessment scores

91%

demonstrated statistically significant improvement in the emotional section of impact assessments

97%

made progress towards SMART goals

500 / 30

children and young people / schools helped

* Figures based on children and young people who fully engaged and completed a student evaluation form in their last session.

My daughter met Simone for her first mentoring session and it was great. My daughter felt listened to and encouraged and hopefully, this will continue. She is looking forward to the next session.

Parent of Y.E.S. Mentee, 2024

Frequently asked school service questions

Some schools and individuals may be eligible for free or highly discounted support, depending upon the funding opportunities available.

Your initial discovery meeting is completely free, so please get in touch with us to discuss your requirements and we can give you an accurate quote and let you know if there are any funding options available.

Schools may consider using pupil premium to fund BrightPaths Provision. (Therapy, counselling and specialist provision are recognised uses of pupil premium.) For more information, view our Price List.

Alternatively, If your school urgently requires mental health support for your students in the wake of the pandemic, you can apply for up to £4,000 worth of mental health provision from within the Now and Beyond community of approved and vetted providers. Now and Beyond has launched the UK’s first online database of approved mental health and wellbeing providers for young people. It’s a one-stop shop for educators searching for local provisions and BrightPaths are proud to be a part of it. Apply for funding here.

School Support: While our registered office is located in Silsoe, our dedicated mentors operate on an outreach basis, extending their services to schools across Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, and select areas within Hertfordshire (specifically, Hertsmere Borough & Watford).

Family Support: Certain services, such as Y.E.S. mentoring, are accessible nationwide through our virtual platform. However, subsidised rates are exclusively available to residents of Central Bedfordshire, Bedford, Luton, and their surrounding areas.

Contact Us: Schedule a complimentary consultation with us to explore the most suitable support option for your school or family. We’re here to assist you every step of the way.

Absolutely. We offer comprehensive training sessions and workshops for school staff covering a wide range of topics, including mental health awareness. Our training modules encompass recognising signs of distress, supporting students’ emotional well-being, and implementing effective strategies within the school setting.

Additionally, we provide specialised training programs tailored to understanding neurodiversity and making reasonable adjustments, with a particular focus on addressing the needs of girls. Stay updated with our latest blogs for information on new training programs, or feel free to reach out to us if there’s a specific need within your school that you’d like to address.

Many schools utilise their pupil premium budget to fund Bright Paths Provision; therapy, counselling, and specialist provision are recognised uses of pupil premium. When this is not an option, parents in a position to do so may wish to self-fund, and we are happy to facilitate this.

Additionally, we offer subsidies for pupil premium students, look after children, and young carers. In situations where there is genuinely no way to fund a student’s support, please get in touch, as we really don’t want to see any child go unsupported. Don’t forget, there is also the option of Y.E.S mentoring.

At Bright Paths, confidentiality and privacy are paramount. We adhere to strict guidelines to safeguard the information and privacy of all individuals receiving our services. That said, we work holistically to ensure that any strategies learned can be shared with schools and families to ensure long-term positive outcomes.

Our team comprises highly experienced professionals with expertise in child development, psychology, counselling, and related fields. Each member undergoes a DBS check and holds safeguarding and child protection training. Additionally, our staff regularly participate in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities, including courses such as Mental Health First Aid, Child Sexual Exploitation, Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Early Trauma, as well as the Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health, among others. Rest assured, your child is in safe hands.

Our services cater to children and young people facing various emotional challenges, such as anxiety, self-esteem issues, and difficulties with emotional regulation. We support children aged 6-18, extending up to 24 if they have SEN.

Whether it’s schools, local authorities, professionals, parents and guardians, or children aged 16+, anyone can refer a child to Bright Paths for Y.E.S mentoring. We believe in an inclusive approach to accessing support. That said, our outreach services are delivered in the school environment and will require the child’s school and guardian to support and fund their referral.

Absolutely! Our mentors and behaviour consultants are not just experts; many of them are also neurodiverse themselves. They’re trained and experienced in providing support tailored to the needs of children with special educational needs. We’re here to ensure every child gets the support they deserve.

Students who receive 1:1 support and participate in our group workshops consistently demonstrate significant improvements across multiple areas. They report enhanced emotional well-being, increased self-esteem, and improved coping skills. Furthermore, they often experience advancements in academic performance, stronger social relationships, and an overall enhancement in their quality of life. Additionally, recent statistics reveal compelling results:

  • 93% found our support helpful or very helpful
  • 92.7% believed that our support would make a difference in their lives
  • 77% showed improvement across three or more subsets in pre/post-assessment scores
  • 91% demonstrated statistically significant enhancement in the emotional section of impact assessments
  • 97% made progress towards SMART goals.

Get in touch

We accept referrals from schools and professionals for therapeutic support and workshops. If you are responsible for the emotional wellbeing of a child or young person, contact us now for a no-obligation consultation to see how we can best help.

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