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Gilbert Inglefield


September 2020
Unfortunately, we cannot operate our ASPIRE centre at
present due to Coronavirus. 

What does "ASPIRE" stand for?

It stands for
Aiding and

What is the ASPIRE Centre?

Our ASPIRE Centre is a large open plan room which offers a calm, nurturing and safe environment for children to develop the skills they need to be successful in school.

Who are the staff in the ASPIRE Centre?

The ASPIRE Centre is run by a team of people with a range of experiences who offer support and strategies for children when they need it most.

Mrs. Richardson is our ASPIRE practitioner. She works in our ASPIRE Centre and also in lessons.

Our SENDCo, Mrs. Rathbone, and our Director of Pupil Wellbeing, Mrs. Webb, are also closely involved in the ASPIRE centre.

All ASPIRE staff liaise closely with pupils' form tutors and heads of year.

What does our ASPIRE Centre do?

We want every child to be a successful learner and ready to take on the amazing world around us. We recognise that in order to achieve this we need to think differently about the support we offer our children. 

We want to support their emotional well-being so that they can thrive at school and be the best they can be. We offer a wide range of support programmes for children who need them in our ASPIRE Centre.

These include:

  • Managing Emotions
    This is a solution focused programme for pupils who find managing their emotions difficult. We help pupils to recognise triggers and help them to learn to lengthen their “emotional fuse” by identifying calming down strategies for them. We offer an initial ten sessions to a pupil, and more are sometimes needed later to revisit the strategies covered.
  • Resilience and Assertiveness Training
    This programme is offered to pupils with low self esteem and enables them to understand how resilience can help them move on. Pupils take part in a minimum of six sessions. Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Webb are trained in the use of the “Resilience Doughnut” programme.
  • Help with Transition
    We acknowledge that transition and change can be difficult for some pupils and we aim to work with pupils to find a way for this to be more comfortable. The number of sessions offered will depend on the needs of the pupil and further sessions are offered later if needed.
  • Restorative Justice
    This gives pupils the opportunity to explain what has harmed or hurt them with others. It is an opportunity to be heard and to explain feelings. Situations and friendships can sometimes be difficult and this is a “no blame” process towards finding the best solutions for all involved. The programme is followed up by Mrs. Richardson monitoring the pupil with the help of the pupil’s form tutor.
  • Bereavement / Loss Support
    This is a programme of support for pupils who are experiencing bereavement or loss or who have done so in the past. The number of sessions is tailored to the individual pupil who can revisit the programme at any time.
  • Social Skills/Friendship Groups/”Circle of Friends”
    Six sessions are offered to pupils who lack social skills and consequently can find making and keeping friends difficult.
  • 1:1 Mentoring
    Referrals for this programme are made by a parent/carer, teacher, member of staff or the pupil themselves.
    This can include:
    • o baselines (pupils identifying what is going well and what could be better)
    • o rules, expectations and school values
    • o allowing the individual to be heard and finding a solution
    • o social stories
    • o art therapy
    • o self esteem sessions (may include pupils running a club)
    • o worry/anxiety/happiness booklets
    • o board games
    • o reflective practice
    • o LOTC (Learning Outside the Classroom)
    • o reading support
    • o setting SMART targets ready for reintegration
  • “Hot Spot” Lessons
    Feedback from a teacher, or a pupil’s behaviour record, will highlight these lessons. Mrs. Richardson will join the lesson to prevent poor behaviour escalating. A pupil may require removal from the lesson and three sessions in ASPIRE before being reintegrated back into the lesson.
  • EAL
    This is a programme for pupils for whom English is an additional language. The number of sessions will be tailored to the needs of the particular pupil.
  • Protective Behaviours (PBs)
    Six sessions covering two main themes are offered to pupils who have been exposed to unsafe behaviours or have been identified as having little or no awareness of making safe choices.
  • Handwriting
    We offer the “Speed Up Handwriting” programme by Lois Eddy. We offer eight sessions for pupils experiencing difficulties with letter formation, dexterity and fine motor skills.
  • Remotivation Support
    We offer support via the Spider programme which is designed to re-engage pupils in their learning, offering specific timely praise (from staff and home) and the offer of a small reward after ten positive Spider slips have been achieved. The benefits of this programme are that pupils will feel more positive about learning and taking ownership of their behaviours and choices.
  • ASD Support
    We offer a calm environment to support autistic pupils and those with sensory needs
  • ASPIRE Club
    We offer an ASPIRE Club at break time and lunch time for selected pupils who can play games, go on the computer and take part in creative activities.

Does your child need support?

If you or your child think they need support, please contact your child's form tutor.